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Newark & Sherwood Local Development Framework Plan Review - Preferred Approach Town Centre & Retail

Preferred Approach to SoAP1 Role and Setting of Southwell


SoAP1 - Role and Setting of Southwell

Promote Southwell's role as a Service Centre for the town and the surrounding area, protecting and enhancing the existing historic environment which makes the town attractive to residents and visitors. In order to achieve this the District Council and its partners will seek to:

  • Protect and enhance the retail offer of the town by designating a Town Centre boundary and primary shopping frontages and encourage retail and other Town Centre uses within it

Promote a competitive and healthy Town Centre which is host to an appropriate composition of main Town Centre uses, proves to be resilient and adaptive to change and is able to thrive and grow over the plan period. This will be achieved through:

  • Managing retail and other main Town Centre use development in line with Core Policy 8, Policy DM11 and So/DC/1;
  • Promoting the re-use of vacant and underused shops and other buildings within the Town Centre, and securing the redevelopment of vacant sites for appropriate main Town Centre uses;
  • Supporting the opportunities to deliver additional leisure uses within the Town Centre, particularly those falling within the A3 'restaurant and café' and A4 'drinking establishments' use classes;
  • Seeking to secure additional car parking capacity which is either able to directly serve the Town Centre or alternatively relieve pressure on existing Town Centre parking facilities; and
  • The District Council using the development management process and working proactively to attract and deliver new investment and/or development to realise the above.