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Emerging Local Plan

We are bringing forward a new Local Plan, which is fresh, creative and robust, intended to bring the greatest socio-economic benefit to Ashfield over the next 17 years.

The Local Plan addresses needs and opportunities in relation to local housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure. It also safeguards the environment, enables adaptation to climate change and helps secure high quality accessible design. The plan provides the framework for guiding decision on individual planning applications. 

In bringing forward the Local Plan, we will assess future needs and opportunities, exploring and identifying the potential options. This requires:

  • gathering evidence to inform the Local Plan
  • carrying out a sustainability appraisal to inform the preparation of the Local Plan
  • undertaking engagement and consultation with the local community, businesses, developers, landowners and other interested parties.

How to get involved

There will be plenty of opportunity to have your say on the Local Plan during public consultations as we develop it. We want local communities and local people to be involved and have their say.

To be kept informed on the progress of the emerging Local Plan please contact us setting out your name, address and, where possible, an email address. Your contact details would be held on the Local Plan database.

You can see more about how we consult and involve local communities, businesses and organisations in our Statement of Community Involvement

Statement of community involvement

We have updated our Statement of Community Involvement.

This sets out our policy and approach to community involvement and public consultation in the preparation of local development documents. This includes the Local Plan, and when dealing with planning applications. 

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlines the process we will undertake to develop a new Local Plan and present a timetable for producing it. As such, it provides a starting point for you to see at what stage you can become involved in the plan making process. 

You can find the Local Development Scheme in the related documents section of this web page or in the evidence base. 

The emerging Local Plan

Strategic approach

We are working with local authorities in the Nottingham Outer and Nottingham Core Housing Market Areas considering cross boundary matters and the evidence base for the emerging plan. 

The Nottingham Core Housing Market Area covers Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, Gedling, Broxtowe, and Erewash. The Nottingham Outer Housing Market covers Ashfield, Mansfield, and Newark and Sherwood. 

We are also consulting with infrastructure providers to reflect the requirement of such aspects as education, highways and health.

Evidence base

A number of studies have been undertaken to provide an understanding of the opportunities and constraints in Ashfield. The studies cover the economic, social and environmental aspects of our area. They underpin the proposed policies and the site allocations in the emerging Local Plan for Ashfield; they can also be a consideration for Development Management in deciding planning applications.

The studies can be viewed online under Development Management / Planning Policy Documents.

Calls for sites (SHELAA)

We are working on the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This will identify potential development sites, assess whether sites can realistically be brought forward and whether they can be delivered to meet future development needs. 

We undertook a Call for Sites in 2019 where interested landowners and agents submitted details of potential sites for consideration. These sites are being assessed for their suitability, availability and achievability.

The assessment is based on a methodology that reflects guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance 2019.

You can find more on the call for sites web page together with the submission form that needs to be completed.

High Speed 2 Phase 2b / Maid Marion Line

HS2 is a new high speed railway linking up London, the Midlands and the North. The construction of the new railway is split into 3 Phases. Phase 2b is the proposed railway from Birmingham to Leeds and part of the route runs through Ashfield, close to the M1 Motorway. The safeguarded HS2b route through Ashfield can be viewed on our interactive mapping system, under the Planning and Building Control layer.

Open maps

To improve the district’s connectivity with HS2 and access the economic benefits that the new line could offer, a proposal has been developed to re-open the existing freight line between the Robin Hood Line at Kirkby-in-Ashfield and the Erewash Valley Line to passenger trains. The line would be renamed the Maid Marian Line.

Studies have considered the overall economic impact of the potential new passenger route with particular regard to the economic benefits and development potential of the 4 Robin Hood Line Stations in both Ashfield, Mansfield and their surrounding areas. You can find the Studies in the Related documents section of this web page.

As part of the plans, Kirkby and Sutton Parkway Stations both could receive significant upgrades, which would include improving accessibility. Station Masterplans have been prepared alongside the economic studies and are being used as a basis for exploring potential funding.

The Station Masterplans in particular:

  • show how the potential improvements in and around the stations could be capitalised on to create enhanced places and better connectivity for local residents
  • consider the sense of arrival at each of the station and identify sites for development around the stations, along with opportunities for public realm improvements
  • provide a framework for future private / public investment in the areas around the stations.

The Masterplans are not inflexible or prescriptive, and are not intended to provide definitive projects or design solutions. You can find the Masterplans in the related documents section of this web page.

Sustainability appraisal

An important part of bringing the local plan forward is the sustainability appraisal.

This identifies:

  • how sustainable development is being addressed through the plan
  • demonstrates how relevant economic, social and environmental objectives have been addressed. 

The sustainability appraisal helps to define options best suited to various levels of growth in Ashfield over the 18 years the Local Plan covers. The appraisal is an aid to making decisions. 

We have appointed a specialist consultant to undertake the sustainability appraisal of the Local Plan.

You can find out more on the sustainability appraisal web page. 

Withdrawal of the Ashfield Local Plan 2016 from examination

In 2018 the decision was made to withdraw the Local Plan 2016 and start work on a new Local Plan. You can find copies of the withdrawal documents in the related documents section of this page. 

You can also find notes from the meeting on 6 September 2018 where the decision was made in our committee reports section. 

Ways to contact us about the Local Plan

If you need to contact us about the Local Plan you can do so by: