Local Plan reaches final consultation stage

by | 12 October 2021 | Notice, Retford

Bassetlaw District Council has launched the final stage of consultation on its Local Plan as it works towards gaining the Government’s approval in 2022.
This final technical consultation stage seeks to test the ‘soundness’ and the legal aspects of the Bassetlaw Local Plan, and the Council is now asking key stakeholders to consider elements such as; if the Plan is the right overall strategy for the district; if it is consistent with national planning policy; in addition to the Council’s strategic objectives and locations for housing, regeneration and development.
An extensive programme of public consultation over the last five years, including events in January and June 2021, in addition to public consultation periods in 2020, 2019 and 2016, have collected more than 2,000 responses which have influenced and shaped the latest version of the Bassetlaw Plan.
This version, along with comments from stakeholders as part of this final technical consultation, will then be collated, reviewed and submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government next year where the Council’s preferred Plan will be considered by an independent Inspector.
Councillor Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The Council is required by Government to prepare a Local Plan for the Bassetlaw area and there is a timeline for this. Clear direction from Government also says that we must not delay the process, with likely repercussions if we do not meet deadlines.
“This is one of the most important strategies that the Council produces; it influences many aspects of how the Bassetlaw area will change and grow in the years ahead – there will be new employment opportunities and new houses, but it will also seek to ensure that Bassetlaw remains the distinctive place that it is.
“The process takes a number of stages. So far, the Council has consulted with the public five times. Communities have told us they would like access to better paid jobs, good education and healthcare, quality housing, safe communities, good open spaces, an attractive natural environment and opportunities to enjoy the communities in which they live.
“Preparing a local plan always involves difficult decisions – and the most contentious is usually around the scale and distribution of new growth. There is significant government pressure to build more houses and the Council is having to meet with those requirements, whilst ensuring the delivery of associated infrastructure and retaining the important character of our towns and rural settlements which residents, businesses and visitors very much value.”
You can view the latest version of the Bassetlaw Local Plan, ahead of submitting comments, at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan, in addition to hard copies at local libraries and town halls across the district.
You can also speak with one of the Council’s Planning Policy Team by calling 01909 533533. Please say ‘Local Plan’ when prompted.
This final consultation stage began on Thursday 2nd September and will last for seven weeks, closing on Thursday 21st October.