Plan Review

Through the development of planning policy and the decision making on individual planning applications we aim to promote sustainable development. In order to ensure that this continues to be the case we regularly review our planning policy. We are  therefore undertaking a plan review.

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The main aim of this review is to ensure that the allocations and policies contained within the two DPDs continue to be appropriate, up-to-date and effective.

Our Local Development Scheme sets out the detailed timetable for the plan review.

The most up to date information on our progress is set out below. 


Amended Core Strategy - Main Modifications Consultation (8th August - 21st September 2018)

Following submission of the Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD, a two day examination hearing was held between Thursday 1 February and Friday 2 February 2018. As part of the examination hearing the Inspector Mr Paul Griffiths BSC (Hons) BArch IHBC, has identified a number of Main Modifications to rectify issues of legal compliance and/or soundness with the Amended Core Strategy.   

Please follow the link to the Amended Core Strategy DPD Examination page where supporting documents and further information is available on how to make representation on the proposed modifications.         

Amended Core Strategy Examination Hearings (1st - 2nd February 2018)

The independent Inspector was appointed to carry out the Examination held public hearings on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018, where issues related to the submission Amended Core Strategy were discussed. Further details can be found on the Amended CS DPD - examination webpage.

Publication Amended Core Strategy (17th July - 1st September 2017)

Having reviewed the comments received on the three Preferred Approach Papers (Strategy, Site and Settlements and Town Centre and Retail) and brought together the necessary evidence a period of  representation was held on the Publication Amended Core Strategy between Monday 17th and Friday 1st September 2017.  Following on from this 6 week consultation period representations were reviewed, a report and proposed amendments to the DPD were submitted and heard at a Full Council meeting on 26th September 2017.  Following on from this meeting the Amended Core Strategy and evidence base documents were submitted to the Secretary of State on 29th September 2017 for independent examination by a Planning Inspector, who will test the document's soundness and its compliance with legislation and the Duty to Cooperate.

The amended Core Strategy, supporting documents and information regarding the documents examination are available for inspection on the Amended CS DPD - examination and at:

  • District Council offices at Castle House (Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.);
  • Local Libraries in Newark and Sherwood District: Balderton, Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Clipstone, Collingham, Dukeries, Edwinstowe, Farnsfield, Lowdham, Newark, Ollerton, Rainworth, Southwell, Sutton-on-Trent (during normal opening hours);

Throughout the Plan Review process a combined approach has been followed, and it was the intention that the Core Strategy and Allocation & Development Management DPDs would be published for representation, submitted and examined alongside one another. However as a result of NUA/Ho/2 (‘Land south of Quibell’s Lane’, Newark) no longer being considered deliverable for a gypsy and traveller use it has become necessary to separate the review process out. Consequently the review of the Core Strategy DPD will now be progressed ahead of that for the Allocations & Development Management DPD. An updated Local Development Scheme outlining the timetable for the two-part review is available to view through the link above. 

Approval was gained at the meeting of Full Council on 11th July 2017 to publish the Publication Amended Core Strategy DPD and seek representations, in line with Regulations 17, 19 and 35 (and 21) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. The amended Core Strategy sets out the District Council’s revised spatial policy framework for delivering the development and change needed to realise the District Council’s vision for the District up to 2033. As a result of information received through previous consultation and other detailed investigations, changes have been made and the DPD is now in the format that the Council wishes to submit to the Secretary of State for Examination and to subsequently adopt.

The Publication Amended Core Strategy DPD, along with its proposed submission documents, was subject to a period of representation from 17 July to 1 September 2017.

To view the Publication Amended Core Strategy please visit:

Publication Amended Core Strategy DPD

Preferred Approach -  'Sites and Settlements' and 'Town Centres and Retail' (12 January - 24 February 2017)

Following consultation on the first part of the Preferred Approach stage, concerning 'strategy', we consulted on the remaining elements through the- 'Preferred Approach Sites and Settlements' and 'Preferred Approach - Town Centres and Retail' papers between January and February 2017.

The Settlements and Sites paper set out our preferred approach to future development in various settlements across the district and for the sites necessary to deliver planned growth.

The Town Centres and Retail paper detailed the proposed approach to identifying and meeting the need for retail and other main town centre uses over the plan period, along with the review of existing and production of new planning policy covering these topics. The consultation papers and their supporting documentation can be viewed below.

Supporting Documents:

Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (July 2017) (PDF File, 892kb)

Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach - Appendix 4 (July 2017) (PDF File, 657kb)

Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach - Appendix 5 (July 2017) (PDF File, 1,211kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (January 2017) (PDF File, 1,050kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (Jan 2017) - Appendix 4 (PDF File, 738kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (Jan 2017) - Appendix 5 (PDF File, 1,230kb)

Habitats Regulations Assessment - Screening Report (PDF File, 1,619kb)

Habitats Regulations Assessment - Rescreening (PDF File, 1,728kb)

Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (PDF File, 13,662kb)

Town Centre & Retail Study (Main Text) (PDF File, 3,140kb)

Town Centre & Retail Study (Appendices) (PDF File, 8,026kb)

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Update

Water Cycle Study Update (PDF File, 4,862kb)

Strategic Housing & Employment Land Availability Assessment:

Strategic Housing & Employment Availability Assessment (2017) (PDF File, 1,048kb)

Please note that the additional sites in the SHELAA Addendum 2017 are in Bilsthorpe, Collingham and South Scarle:

Strategic Housing & Employment Availability Assessment - Addendum (2017) (PDF File, 434kb)

(See Figure 1 in the Main Text above for a plan showing the Sub-areas)

Newark and Rural South Sub-Area (1) Assessments (PDF File, 8,813kb)

Collingham Sub-Area (2) Assessments (PDF File, 777kb)

Rural North Sub-Area (3) Assessments (PDF File, 541kb)

Mansfield Fringe Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 4,356kb)

Nottingham Fringe Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 888kb)

Sherwood Area Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 4,688kb)

Southwell Area Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 1,575kb)

Preferred Approach - 'Strategy' Consultation (29th July - 23rd September 2016)

Having reviewed the comments received on the Issues Paper and brought together the necessary evidence base we consulted on the first part of the 'Preferred Approach' stage in summer / autumn 2016.

The 'Preferred Approach to Strategy' set out our preferred approach to new development targets, based on the latest evidence, a refined spatial strategy (i.e. where future development should be located), new affordable housing policies and a range of other minor changes to current planning policy.

The consultation document and its supporting documents can be viewed through the links below.

Supporting Documents:

Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach Strategy (June 2017) (PDF File, 2,950kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach Strategy (PDF File, 3,418kb)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (PDF File, 6,172kb)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment Addendum (PDF File, 249kb)

Employment Land Feasibility Study (PDF File, 7,022kb)

Housing Market and Needs Assessment (PDF File, 4,041kb)

Housing Market Needs Sub Area Report (PDF File, 713kb)

Affordable Housing Viability Considerations (PDF File, 281kb)

Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment (June 2016) (PDF File, 660kb)

Planning Advisory Service Core Strategy Review (PDF File, 117kb)

Issues Paper (5 October to 16 November 2015)

As detailed above the Issues Paper was the first consultation stage of the plan review. The paper set out the scope of our review, the issues we had identified as important and potential approaches to addressing them. You can view the paper, its statement of consultation, the comments received and the supporting documents specific to this stage of the Plan Review below.

Issues Paper (PDF File, 884kb) 

Issues Paper - Statement of Consultation (PDF File, 438kb)

Issues Paper Comments (PDF File, 628kb)

Supporting Documents specific to the Issues Paper:

Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2015) (PDF File, 642kb)

Call for Sites

To have as full a picture as possible of the housing and employment land supply in the district we will need to have an understanding of any potential new sites which could be available for development. If you have a potential site which you think we should consider for future development then you should submit this to us so that it can be assessed for suitability.

We are particularly keen to hear if you have a brownfield site (i.e. one that has been developed already) as the government wants to implement new simplified planning rules on such sites. An up-to-date understanding of available sites will help us to focus on delivering the development the government is seeking. 

You can submit potential sites by email and provide a site location plan, alternatively you can also do this in writing.

Integrated Impact Assessment

An integral part of the plan review process will be its 'Integrated Impact Assessment' (IIA). This process will fulfil the statutory requirements to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as well as an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA). While there is no statutory obligation to undertake a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), this is a recognised process for considering the health impacts of plans and is widely seen as best practice. It is therefore intended that the IIA incorporate a HIA.       

The first stage in the process has been the production of the IIA Scoping Report which identifies relevant plans, policies and programmes, sets out the baseline social, environmental, economic, equalities and health characteristics of the District and draws from this to define a framework with which to undertake the integrated impact assessment of the plan review moving forwards.

The Integrated Impact Assessment Scoping Report (PDF File, 3,716kb) was published for consultation alongside the Issues Paper and this has resulted in an Post consultation IIA Scoping Report (PDF File, 4,316kb) being produced. This has been used to inform the production of the Preferred Approach stage. The Preferred Approach IIA is available to view in the Preferred Approach section of this webpage.

Current Status

Publication Amended Core Strategy Published:

The representation period ended on the 1st September 2017, the Amended Core Strategy and Evidence Base Documents were submitted to the Secretary of State on 29th September 2017 for independent examination. 

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