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Bassetlaw consults on local plan after garden village withdrawal

Words: Huw Morris
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Bassetlaw District Council is carrying out another consultation on its local plan following the shock withdrawal of a proposal for a garden village.

The council is inviting comments from the public, businesses and other stakeholders on a “second addendum” to its local plan. The move follows the unexpected withdrawal in March by a landowner of the site for the proposed Bassetlaw Garden Village.

The proposal for a self-sustainable, contained community would have featured 4,000 homes and employment space for more than 2,000 jobs between Worksop and Retford next to the A1/A57 junction.

The consultation will request comments on whether the second addendum meets the soundness and legal tests set out in planning legislation.

The addendum also includes fresh evidence for the amount and mix of affordable housing that can be delivered from new housing sites during the life of the Bassetlaw Local Plan so that more residents can afford to rent or buy their own home.

The council consulted on its publication version of the local plan last autumn, and held a further targeted consultation on a first addendum in January.

At the end of this latest technical consultation period, the council will submit the Bassetlaw Local Plan Publication Version and the first addendum, with the second addendum and any comments received to levelling-up secretary Michael Gove for independent examination this summer.

“It is very disappointing to add further delays to the local plan process as a result of the garden village being withdrawn, which was completely out of our control,” said cabinet member for regeneration Jo White.

“However, when there is a significant change in the local plan like this, we are required to consult with the public and I encourage everyone to engage with this additional, targeted consultation.

“It is essential to have an up-to-date local plan and without this the council’s ability to guide and shape investment, provide much-needed quality affordable homes and better-paid jobs for local people, manage sustainable development and infrastructure in a responsible way and resist speculative development will be significantly diminished.”

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