Planning policy

Other Planning Policy

  • Five Year Supply Open or Close


    We have published details of our 5 year housing supply each year since 2007. Whether the Council can demonstrate a 5 year supply of ‘deliverable’ housing is important as it affects how planning applications for new housing are determined.

    Housing Objectively Assessed Need

    To establish the Housing Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for Bolsover District, in 2013 we commissioned in co-operation with our partner authorities of the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA). This was updated in 2014 to take account of the updated methodology set out in the National Planning Practice Guidance. Now, in light of 2014 Sub National Population projections and the Sub National Household projections that were published in 2016, we and our partners commissioned a SHMA OAN Update report and this was completed in October 2017.

    This SHMA evidence can be viewed below:

    Based on this evidence, the Housing Objectively Assessed Need annual requirement for Bolsover District is 272 dwellings per year, with a base date of 1 April 2014.


    2018/19 Five Year Supply update

    We have updated the assessment of our 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites to take account of completions and permissions at 31 March 2018 and the proposals contained within the emerging new Local Plan for Bolsover District. This update was reported to Planning Committee at its meeting on 4 July 2018.

    Based on this updated assessment, we conclude that we have just over 7.75 years supply of deliverable sites for the period 2018/19 to 2022/23. Therefore, the saved planning policies within the adopted Bolsover District Local Plan (February 2000) related to the supply of housing can be given more weight in the determination of planning applications.

    To read the 5-year housing supply committee report, assessment or to view the detailed schedule of residential sites within the housing supply go to:

    5-year Housing Supply – Planning Committee Report 4 July 2018 

    5-year Housing Supply – Assessment 2018

    5-year Housing Supply – Schedule 2018



  • Brownfield Land Register Open or Close

    The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 require us to prepare, maintain and publish a register of previously developed (brownfield) land.

    We first prepared our Brownfield Land Register in 2017 and this was published on 19 December 2017. This register only consisted of a Part 1 register included 20 sites that in total could potentially deliver approximately a minimum of 550 dwellings.

    The 2018 update to the Brownfield Land Register was published on 2 November 2018. This register again only consisted of a Part 1 register included 15 live sites, reflecting that some had been built out during the preceding year with 5 new sites being identified. In total, the Brownfield Land Register identified that the sites on the Part 1 Register could potentially deliver approximately a minimum of 750 dwellings.

    2019 update

    The 2019 update to the Brownfield Land Register was published on 23 December and identifies that the 20 live sites, i.e. not including those built out, on the Part 1 Register could potentially deliver approximately a minimum of 846 dwellings. We are also considering the granting of ‘Permission in Principle’ on the former Bolsover Hospital site, Welbeck Road, Bolsover by virtue of adding this site to the Part 2 register. However, at the time of publication, no decision has yet been reached.

    It is required that Brownfield land registers should be published in a ’csv’ format and an INSPIRE compliant polygon format. The update has also followed the requirements set out in the Government’s new Brownfield Land Register data standard (October 2019). For the avoidance of doubt, the new requirements to add the ‘EndDate’ field and to retain built out sites on the register has been incorporated. As part of this, new unique site references have been established to enable users of the information to track sites where the planning status of the site changes over time with the granting of new planning permissions.

    As this spreadsheet format does not make for easy reading by members of the public, we have prepared a summary report to provide a more ‘plain English’ way of understanding the key information contained within required Brownfield Land Register spreadsheet. This summary report and the required spreadsheets are available to view below:

    Further information on the requirements for brownfield land registers can be viewed on the Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) website.

    The Brownfield Register is published under the Open Government Licence.

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