Council seeks views on planning strategy changes

26 August 2016

Consultation events to gauge public reaction to proposals for a more flexible approach to planning and sustainable development in villages and small communities are to be held by Newark and Sherwood District Council in Newark, Southwell and Edwinstowe.

Matthew Norton, the council’s business manager for planning policy, said: “The council is consulting on proposed changes to its development strategy so that it better reflects current government policy and keeps up-to-date.

“We want to make sure that our strategy is the most appropriate one and these events will give people a chance to have a chat with planning policy officers about potential future developments in their community, while we have the chance to explain to the public what we are trying to do.”

The consultation events will run from 10am to 2pm and the first is at Southwell Library on Tuesday 6 September, followed by Newark Library (7 September) and Edwinstowe Village Hall (8 September).

Proposed policy changes include:

  • Allowing additional development in villages to support local schools and facilities.
  • Allowing new homes, employment and leisure facilities to be built on the former Thoresby Colliery, Edwinstowe.
  • Amending a range of policies to make sure they are up-to-date with government policy, including policies on affordable housing.

All the information about the consultation, known as the ‘Plan Review – Preferred Approach Strategy’, is also available online and is in every library in Newark and Sherwood.

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