Vision for Bassetlaw 2040

by | 7 September 2023 | Notice, Retford

Bassetlaw District Council has launched a consultation on its Vision for Bassetlaw to 2040, including a set of ambitions that are the first steps in delivering the plan over the next four years.

In June 2022, Gamston Airport was announced as a future UK centre of excellence in vehicle technology research and safety testing. Since then, Bassetlaw has successfully received £18m for the redevelopment of Worksop town centre and has been announced as a Levelling Up Partnership area. The Council have received £3.4m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and over £700,000 from the Rural England Prosperity Fund, funds which will benefit the whole district; and most significantly, Bassetlaw has been announced as the future home of the UK’s first prototype fusion energy plant. This is a multi-billion-pound project which will see the West Burton power station site turned into a high-end research, development and business centre in fusion and green technologies, creating thousands of high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships.

While these are all great stories in themselves, together, they represent a rare opportunity to transform Bassetlaw into a hub of new technologies, to regenerate its town centres in the process, and to improve the opportunities and life chances for Bassetlaw residents of all ages and backgrounds.

It was in this context, in December 2022, that the District Council approved the development of a new vision for Bassetlaw to 2040, which is when the prototype fusion energy plant should become operational.

As an ambitious Council, they not only want to maximise the return on these investments; they want to secure more funding and inward investment to ensure that the district as a whole benefits from the planned transformation. This should be done at the same time as promoting greener and more sustainable ways of living and “doing business”.

Residents, businesses, organisations and community groups are invited to review the Vision and to have their say on the Council’s proposed strategic themes and ambitions. Participation in this consultation is very important to them and they welcome all comments. Each response will be carefully analysed and considered before being presented to Full Council later in the year. To have your say, please visit: Paper copies are also available from the Council’s offices in Worksop or Retford or by contacting the Customer Services Team.

Councillor James Naish, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “We are committed to delivering on this Vision and to taking Council employees, Bassetlaw residents, organisations and businesses on this journey in a fair, transparent and consultative manner. It’s important that people let us know what they like or don’t like about the Vision and to hear what suggestions they have for improving our district, both in the short term and by 2040.”