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Local Plan

The Local Plan provides a framework for guiding planning decisions. It addresses needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure. It safeguard the natural and historic environment, enables adaptation to climate change and helps secure high quality design.

‘Planning is about getting the right things built in the right places, about the spaces around buildings, and about other issues too, such as job creation, social justice, regeneration, and climate change.’ (How Planning Works - Local Government Group/PAS)

Planning is the regulation of existing and new development in the public interest, which includes preparing a strategy (a local plan) to guide future development and protect importance spaces, areas and buildings.   The planning system is plan-led and any planning application must be determined in line with the development plan (the local plan and, where applicable, neighbourhood plans) unless other material considerations indicate otherwise.  

Local Plan Policies

The current local plan, the Ashfield Local Plan Review, is divided into sections:

Section 1: Introduction and Strategy (Chapters 1 and 2): This section outlines the need for the Local Plan and its strategic background. The strategy chapter indicates the aims of the plan. It includes an overall policy relating to any development and covers the general attitude towards development in different parts of the district.

Section 2: Land Use Policy and Implementation (Chapters 3-9): This section considers land needs for specific uses and identifies sites for development or protection. It includes:

  • Chapter 3: Environment
  • Chapter 4: Employment
  • Chapter 5: Housing
  • Chapter 6: Transport
  • Chapter 7: Shopping
  • Chapter 8: Recreation
  • Chapter 9: Implementation

The Proposals Map identifies in detail the location of sites on a policy-by-policy basis.

The Local Plan was adopted on 22 November 2002. However, in 2007, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a direction that meant specific policies in the Ashfield Local Plan Review could not be ‘saved’. 

This reflected that they duplicated national planning policies at the time and it means that those Local Plan policies that were not saved no longer have any effect and are not applicable to planning decisions. The ‘saved’ policies are identified under ‘Local Plan Review 2002 Saved Policies’.

Under current national planning policy (the National Planning Policy Framework) due weight can be given to relevant policies in the Ashfield Local Plan Review, according to their degree of consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework. The closer the policies in the Plan are to the policies in the Framework, the greater the weight that may be given.

The Ashfield Local Plan Review is available through related documents section of this web page.  It should be read in conjunction with the ‘saved’ policies information set out on this page.

Proposals maps

The online map information is for guidance purposes only. The definitive proposals map should be referred to for more detailed information. You can view the map online or find it in the related documents section of this web page. 

  • The North Sheet covers Sutton-in-Ashfield and Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • the South Sheet covers Selston, Jacksdale, Underwood, Annesley Woodhouse and Hucknall.

Local Plan Review 2002 saved policies

Direction under paragraph 1(3) of schedule 8 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. 

The Secretary of State has determined that the policies set out below are saved in respect of the Ashfield Local Plan Review Adopted November 2002. These policies continue to apply to the consideration of planning applications within the District.

  • Strategic policies : ST1, ST2, ST3 and ST4
  • Environment policies : EV1, EV2, EV4, EV5, EV6, EV8, EV10, EV11
  • Employment policies : EV14, EM1, EM2, EM4 and EM5
  • Housing policies : HG1, HG3, HG4, HG5, HG6, HG7, HG8 and HG9
  • Transport policies : TR1, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR5 and TR6
  • Retail policies : SH1, SH2, SH4, SH5, SH7, SH8 and SH9
  • Recreation policies : RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, RC5, RC6, RC8 and RC9

The following policies in the Ashfield Local Plan Review, Adopted November 2002, expired on 27 September 2007 and no longer form part of the development plan for the District.

  • Environment policies : EV3, EV7, EV9, EV12, EV13, EV15, EV16, EV17, EV18
  • Employment policies : EM3, EM6 and EM7
  • Housing policies : HG2
  • Retail policies : SH3, SH6 and SH10
  • Recreation policies : RC7

Neighbourhood Plans

When made, neighbourhood plans form part of the development plan for the area in question along with the saved policies in the Ashfield Local Plan Review 2002. Therefore, where relevant to a planning application, they must be taken into account as part of the development plan policies.

Neighbourhood plans have been made for the following areas in the District of Ashfield: