Plan approved to shape district's future

An important document that will guide Mansfield’s development over the next 13 years has been finalised.

The Mansfield District Local Plan 2013-2033 was adopted at a Full Council meeting on 8 September, after an Independent Inspector approved the Plan subject to the recommended changes being made.

It replaces the 1998 Mansfield District Local Plan and guides decisions on planning applications. The Plan allocates land for residential, employment and retail development, protecting and enhancing the natural environment, developing the local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities and supporting more sustainable forms of travel. It includes provision for about 6,500 new homes.

Cllr Stuart Richardson, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth, said: "The Local Plan will play an important role in shaping the future of the district and meeting the environmental, housing and economic growth needs of the district. We are very pleased that after a lot of hard work and lengthy periods of public consultation and examination by the Independent Inspector that it has been adopted.”

Anyone who wishes to challenge the council’s decision to adopt the Local Plan has until 20 October to make an application to the High Court.This can be done on the grounds of (a) the document is not within the appropriate power (as defined in section 113(9) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004); or (b) a procedural requirement has not been complied with. 

You can find the Local Plan, adoption statement and other related reports by clicking here. Every Local Planning Authority is required to prepare a Local Plan, and it must be reviewed every five years.

The Local Plan does not consider or commit to any particular gypsy and traveller sites. These matters form part of ongoing work, which will be considered by councillors in due course.

For further information about the Local Plan, contact the Planning Policy Team by email or call 01623 463114.

Published: September 15th 2020