We have today published our new Local Plan in advance of submitting it to the Secretary of State.
Work started on the Local Plan in October 2014 and there have been three periods of public consultation about what it should contain and how it should plan for development across Bolsover District through to 2033. In addition to this feedback, we have surveyed and investigated, in detail, key issues affecting the District and have developed the substantial evidence base necessary to prepare a sound Local Plan that meets national planning policy requirements.
Councillors at the Planning Committee (18 April 2018) unanimously agreed the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District and that following the required six-week consultation period, the Local Plan and any representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State for formal examination.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, ““We have valued our community’s involvement in each step of our Plan’s creation. Local people have had an opportunity to help shape the future of the communities in which they live and work. However, their views and ideas have also had to be considered against government guidance and a wide ranging evidence base informing us of what could be achieved.
“We feel Bolsover District is a special place. It has significant environmental, historic and cultural assets. It has an important strategic location with excellent transport links, and a range of employment sites which have seen significant growth in recent years.”
We have also worked with adjoining authorities, other advisory bodies and the Planning Inspectorate to ensure that the Plan is based on sound evidence.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “The Plan sets out a vision for Bolsover, as a growing district undergoing an economic and visual transformation by the end of the Plan period in 2033, encompassing economic, environmental and social improvements. Overall, the Plan will provide for the development and growth needed to ensure that the District progresses in a positive and successful manner.
“Our Plan is underpinned by seeking to achieve sustainable development, which retains the District’s distinctive identity whilst providing the growth that is needed for the District to prosper and flourish. This means that the right amount and type of homes are needed in the right places; with the right infrastructure in place to support all residents. We believe that this Plan is the most appropriate strategy for the future development of the District.”
We have written to all those individuals and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in the Plan to notify them that they have completed the preparation of the Local Plan and to alert them to this formal period of consultation prior to submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State.
During the six-week period for comments, a series of staffed drop-in exhibition sessions will be held, so that local people have an opportunity to come along and explore the proposals in the Local Plan.
There will be evening events in the District’s nine largest settlements on the following dates, all taking place between 4pm and 7pm:
- Friday 11th May – Clowne: The Arc, High Street
- Tuesday 15th May – Whitwell: Community Centre, Portland Street
- Thursday 17th May – Shirebrook: Leisure Centre, Park Road
- Tuesday 22nd May – Creswell: Social Centre, Elmton Road
- Thursday 24th May – Pinxton: Village Hall, Kirkstead Road
- Tuesday 29th May – Barlborough: Village Hall, High Street
- Friday 1st June – Tibshelf: Village Hall, High Street
- Monday 4th June – Bolsover: Assembly Rooms, Hill Top
- Wednesday 6th June – South Normanton: The Post Mill Centre, Market Street
There will also be a district wide event for those who are unable to attend their closest evening events:
- Saturday 19th May – District Wide Event: The Arc, High Street, Clowne 10am-2pm
However, people must specifically state why the Local Plan does not meet the national soundness tests or why it has not been prepared in the correct legal manner. Comments should be returned to the Council by 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018 to be duly made.
Following this stage, we plan to submit the Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with the representations received, to the Secretary of State in July 2018. The examination by an Independent Inspector is expected to take place in November 2018 with Adoption of the Local Plan expected during 2019.
Copies of the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with representation forms are now available at our four Contact Centres and seven libraries.