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Bolsover Contact Centre, Cotton Street, Bolsover S44 6HA
Clowne Contact Centre, The Arc, High Street, Clowne S43 4JY (main headquarters)

 

Shirebrook Contact Centre, 2A Main Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AW
South Normanton Contact Centre, The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA

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Land and property

  • Available Land and Property Open or Close

    We have a wide range of land and property available to suit all needs. Contact us on 01246 242424 for more details.

  • Commercial Properties Open or Close

    Bolsover District is a fast growing business location within the heart of the country. From modern business parks to quality existing commercial premises there's a huge choice for any business wishing to locate or expand in the area.

    You can also freely search our Sites and Premises Database (opens in new window) for further assistance.

  • Community Value Assets Open or Close

    The Localism Act provides communities with a local connection a right to identify assets such as local pubs, shops, village halls and post offices which, if they came up for sale, they would want to try and purchase.

    The Act does not give a right to buy the property in question but it does give potential bidders the time to put a proposal together. Local community and voluntary bodies as well as parish and town councils are able to identify land and buildings that have provided an important service in their community and may do in the future.

    These community bodies can nominate assets for inclusion on a register of assets of community value, which will be maintained by us.

    If an asset on the register comes up for sale, community bodies may have up to six months in which to raise the capital and bid to buy the asset, before it can be sold on the open market.

    How to make a nomination 
    Community groups have to meet certain criteria and provide supporting evidence to be eligible to nominate an asset. To assist you we have created a nomination form (45kb). Once completed, please send this and any evidence to: Nicola Calver, Governance Manager, Bolsover District Council, The Arc, Clowne, Derbyshire S43 4JY

    Help and Guidance 
    We have produced a frequently asked questions (51kb) information sheet which provides guidance on how we will deal with nominations under the Community Right to Bid process.

    National guidance on the Community Right to Bid can be found on the gov.uk website and you may also find some useful information  on the My Community Rights website

    We have published a list of community assets (45kb) that have been nominated an unsuccessfully nominated.

  • Development Opportunities Open or Close

    We have a district with a number of positive elements that help to attract - and keep - businesses to the area.

    These benefits include our central location and excellent transport links, our ability to access finance from a variety of sources and our access to a skilled workforce, amongst many others. We work with our partners to bring forward exciting development opportunities that can provide any business with a good starting base or somewhere you can expand and grow or property developers the chance to create a legacy. These include:

  • Empty Homes Open or Close

     Long term empty homes are those that have been empty for six months or more and we are committed to reducing the number of these. Empty properties can make a significant impact to a road or area but there are a number of reasons why properties become empty including the death or ill health of an owner, the property being subject to probate or other legal disputes, or a landlord being unwilling or unable to let the property. An owner may also be unable or unwilling to sell a property, or have inherited it and not know what to do with it.

    If you are concerned about a vacant or dilapidated property please report thsi to us immediately so we can investigate it and speak to the owner. 

    We can also provide help to owners who have empty properties by: 

    • Helping to let or sell a property, 
    • Providing advice on renovating a property,
    • Advertising the property to let or for sale on our website,
    • Providing a Matching Service with organisations that are looking to bring empty properties back into use. 

    If you are a developer interested in purchasing and/or developing empty properties pleaseThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

    We use enforcement options only as a last resort where an owner is unwilling to bring the home back into use and it is causing a problem in the neighbourhood. There are several options available to us including:

    • Statutory enforcement action - we use a wide range of enforcement powers to make sure an owner improves their property.
    • Enforced sale - this allows the sale of an empty property to be forced to recover debts that are owed to us.
    • Empty Dwelling Management Order – enables management of the property to move to the local authority or a nominated party (usually a registered provider) for up to seven years.
    • Compulsory purchase - this is when we buy a property from an owner even if they don't give their consent.
  • Land Charges Open or Close

    The Land Charges section can be contacted on 01246 242316/242279.  Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 2.30

    When you are buying or selling a house, your solicitor will make a search of our records to ensure there are no hidden surprises, such as motorways at the bottom of your garden or outstanding notices requiring you to take action to remedy an earlier wrong doing.

    This is a full and comprehensive search of our property records. We answer a series of questions contained on the form CON29 which are enquiries of the local authority. Forms are usually submitted to us through a solicitor, licensed conveyancer or legal practitioner.

    Form LLC1 reveals entries contained in the Land Charges Register that affect a property/land and the other questions are checked to make sure there are no hidden surprises.

    The Council has taken the decision to defer charging VAT on CON29 searches. Local Authorities now have until 31st March 2017 in which to implement VAT charges. We will update this page once we know when VAT will be implemented.

    Please use our easy search form to send in your search (or download a hard copy (51kb)). Your site plan needs to be uploaded if using the electronic version on the website, if you have a copy of our easy search form to send in directly to our email address you need to send in your site plan separately to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and pop your cheque in the post identifying the search address. All our fees are shown on the easy search form.

    What We Do

    • Deliver fast, efficient and reliable Local Authority searches with an emphasis on quality. We have experience, expertise and local knowledge
    • Provide a comprehensive service
    • Provide prompt responses (10-15 working days)
    • Provide official certificates
    • All our searches are lender approved
    • All our searches are covered by insurance (even after point of sale)
    • Personal service guaranteed
    • Provide a high standard of service in the industry at very competitve prices.

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Licensing and permits

  • Alcohol and Entertainment Open or Close

    If your business provides any licensable activities - sell alcohol, hot food and drink, or provide certain types of public entertainment - you will need a licence from us. A public register is currently being compiled which will give details of all licences and certificates granted under the Licensing Act 2003.

    A licensable activity can be:

    • the sale of alcohol
    • the supply of alcohol at a club
    • the provision of regulated entertainment eg live or recorded music, dancing, indoor sporting event
    • the provision of facilities to allow regulated entertainment to take place
    • the provision of late night refreshment between 11 pm and 5 am.

    There are four types of licences which you can apply for:

    • If you sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, or late night refreshment, you should apply for a Premises Licence
    • If you are a club that supplies alcohol, regulated entertainment, or late night refreshment, apply for a Club Premises Certificate
    • If you supply or authorise the sale of alcohol, (other than in premises having a Club Premises Certificate) then you will need to apply for a Personal Licence
    • If you are organising a small scale (less than 500 people) event and intend to sell alcohol/refreshments or provide regulated entertainment, then you will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

    Licensing Reviews
    The operators of licensed premises are required to actively promote the four licensing objectives:

    1. Prevention of crime and disorder
    2. Prevention of public nuisance
    3. Public safety
    4. Protection of children from harm

    Any interested party or responsible authority may call for the review of a premises licence if they believe that the licensing objectives are not being promoted.

    Calling for a Review
    Application for a review must be made on the Licensing Review (115kb) application form and submitted to us at Licensing Team, Bolsover District Council, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield , Derbyshire S42 6NG. Copies must also be sent on the same day to the premises licence holder and to each of the responsible authorities. Failure to send these copies may render the application as invalid.

  • Animal Open or Close

    Please note that we are currently unable to provide the new forms and fees. We are working hard to provide these as soon as possible on the sites and they will also be sent to previous licence holders directly. Please accept our apologies for the delay.


    Pet Shop - A pet shop application form must be accompanied by a fee of £69.00. The premises will be inspected by one of our officer's to ensure that any animals kept on the premises are kept in suitable conditions. The fee is reviewed on an annual basis and the details kept on a register. The fee for a pet shop wanting to sell dangerous wild animals is £84.00 plus vets fees. 

    Riding Establishment - If you wish to set up a business that keeps horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction then please complete the application form. The licence fee is £84.00 (plus vet's fee) and will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence. These licenses are renewable annually and the details are kept on a register (23kb). We will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the horses and that the accommodation is suitable. 

    Dangerous Wild Animals - The keeping of exotic, dangerous and wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and includes animals such as some birds, carnivores, mammals, marsupials, primates, reptiles, snakes and spiders. The Act aims to ensure that where individuals keep dangerous wild animals, they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and safeguards the welfare of the animals. An application form together with the fee of £84.00 plus vets fees is required and the details are kept on a register

    Animal Boarding Licence - This licence covers catteries and kennels. You must complete an application form together with the fee of £69.00 (plus any veterinary inspection fees) and the details are kept on a register. The applicant must be able to demonstrate to us that the animals will, at all times, be kept in suitable accommodation and that they will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and visited at suitable intervals. The applicant must also take all reasonable precautions to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities and that appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment. A register containing a description of the animals received into the establishment, including the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner will be kept.

    Breeding of Dogs - An application form must be completed plus a fee of £84.00 (plus vet's fees). Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire one year from the date on which is was granted and must be renewed before the date of expiry if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment. The details are kept on a register.

    For a copy of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and associated guidance documents for the relevant licensable Activities please see the table below.

     

    Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 Animal Welfare Act 2006
    Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018 Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing DEFRA 2018
    Guidance notes for Breeding Dogs 2018 Guidance notes for Boarding Dogs in Kennels 2018
    Guidance notes for Home Boarding Dogs 2018 Guidance notes for Dog Day Care 2018
    Guidance notes for Boarding Cats 2018 Guidance notes for Selling Animals as Pets 2018
    Guidance notes for Exhibition of Animals 2018 Guidance notes for Hiring out Horses 2018

     

  • Applications, Reviews and Variations Open or Close

    As part of the Licensing Act 2003, we advertise applications for premises licenses, club premises certificates, variations and requests for reviews.

    All applications are advertised for a period of 28 days, beginning the day after we have received the application. The exception to this is minor variations which are only advertised for 10 days. All current advertisements are displayed below.

     

    Applicant:  Dobbies Garden Centres plc

    Dobbies Garden World, 4 High Wood Way, Barlborough.  S43 4XN

    Application for a full variation, details:

    • To Vary the layout of the premises in accordance with plans supplied by applicant in order to allow the premises to display alcohol for sale within a new additional area.
    • To remove the restriction which states that live music, recorded music and sale by retail of alcohol is limited to farm shop and restaurant.

    Deadline date for objections:  22nd October 2018

    To make a representation please contact the Licensing Department, details below

    Licensing Department

    District Council Offices

    2013 Mill Lane

    Wingerworth

    Chesterfield

    S42 6NG

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Quote reference number - 18/01369/LAPL04

  • Business and Street Trading Open or Close

    A charitable collection must not be held in any street or public place in Bolsover District without a street collection permit issued by us. Applications (264kb) should be made at least one month before the proposed date of the collection. The collection is subject to regulations relating to such matters as the minimum age of collectors and the safeguarding and auditing of proceeds.

    Any person wishing to make an appeal to members of the public by means of a collection for charitable purposes, by way of house to house visits (including places of business, such as public houses) requires a licence (197kb) issued by us.

    Certain charities holding Home Office Exemption Orders do not need a licence but must notify us of the collection dates and the specific areas to be covered by the collection.

    All collectors must wear a badge which is obtained from The Stationary Office.  The Stationary Office can be contacted by telephone on 0870 6005522 or their address is: TSO Ltd, Post Cash Department, PO Box 29, Norwich, NR3 1GM

    Following the charitable collection the organiser must submit a return (26kb) to us that details the amount collected and all expenses incurred.  This return must be submitted wihin 3 months of the end of the collection. There is no charge for the notification.

  • Food Open or Close

    If you are planning to start a food business, you must register your premises at least 28 days before opening. This applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home, and mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans. If you use two or more premises you will need to register all of them using our Food Registration Form (89kb).

    If food premises are to be used by several catering businesses (for example a village hall or conference centre) the person who allows the premises to be used for this purpose is responsible for registering them. All food businesses are required to have a documented food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP.  Although this may sound onerous a small catering business can get a free guidance pack called Safer Food and Better Business from the Food Standards Agency.

    If you have a mobile catering vehicle our Mobile Catering Guide (220kb) will help to provide you with the legal requirement you must comply with and also details advice and good practice measures.

    In partnership with the Food Standards Agency, we launched the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in April 2011, where a food hygiene rating for a food premises is established following an inspection and taking into account observations and discussions made during the visit.

    Do you have a food hygiene rating of 3 or more?

    If so you may be eligible to join the “Heart of Derbyshire” scheme. This is a scheme which is operated by Derbyshire County Council together with Bolsover District Council that rewards you for offering your customers ‘healthier’ food.

    For information about the scheme please visit the Heart of Derbyshire section of the Derbyshire County Council website or telephone 01629 536166.

  • Gambling Open or Close

    The Gambling Bill modernises the law on gambling and provides for a unified regulator for gambling, the Gambling Commission. It introduces three licensing objectives which underpin the functions of the Commission and the Council.

    There are three types of licence:

    1. An Operator Licence, concerned with the management and conduct of gambling, issued and regulated by the Commission
    2. A Personal Licence, for persons with key operational functions connected with the gambling business, issued and regulated by the Commission
    3. A Premises Licence, for the property where the gambling takes place, issued and regulated by the Council.

    The Act also regulates amusement with prizes machines and lotteries. Information on current applications or licensed premises and conditions is available by searching the online public register.

    Further information, is available from the Gambling Commission websites.

  • Licence Register Search Open or Close

    Our electronic register is not available at the moment, should you require information please contact the Environmental Health Service on 01246 217873 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Market Stall Licence Open or Close

    If you require a market stall licence please contact your relevent town council in the district to apply. The parish councils can be contacted here: 

    Clowne Parish Council

    Old Bolsover Town Council

    Shirebrook Town Council

    South Normanton Town Council

  • Scrap Metal & Motor Salvage Open or Close

    The UK Government passed the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 with the intention of regulating scrap metal dealers, collectors and motor salvage operators. The Act replaced all of the existing legislation for motor salvage operators and scrap metal dealers.

    The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013. Under the new Act there are two types of licence:

    1. Site Licence (381kb) – this will be required where a business is carried on as a scrap metal dealer at a premises. A site manager will be required to be named for each site. The licensee will then be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority area. We have published our list of scrap sites (96kb).
    2. Collector’s Licence (381kb) – this authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of the issuing local authority permitting them to collect scrap metal as appropriate. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority’s district, a licence will be required for each authority that (s)he operates in. We have published our list of scrap collectors (92kb).

    The implementation timetable is as follows:-

    • The parts of the Act creating an offence of carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer unless authorised by a licence and the transitional provisions for existing registered collectors/dealers to apply for a new licence will come into force on the 1st October 2013.
    • The parts of the Act which bring into force other provisions will come into force on the 1st December 2013.

    In order to apply for a licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 persons will be required to make an application to the council. The application form should be accompanied by the following:

    • The relevant fee.
    • A basic DBS check for every person named in the application, which is less than 3 months from the date of issue (see information below). 
    • A passport style photograph of every person named on the application (If applying for a collectors).

    All applicants and named persons will be required to prove their identity by means of photographic identification, e.g. a passport or photo card driving licence and a utility bill. It is therefore necessary that your application is given to the licensing team in person. Your identity and your DBS certificate will be checked and copied, then immediately returned to you. Please discuss these requirements with a licensing officer if you are unsure what to bring in with your application.

    Exemptions

    If scrap metal is a by-product of your business you may be exempt from the need to be licensed, it will be necessary for you to prove the proportion of your business that consists of dealing in scrap metal.

    Mobile Collectors

    Mobile Collectors who work in different council areas will have to apply for a collectors licence in each of those areas. You must contact the relevant council to obtain an application form.

    Every person working on a vehicle collecting scrap metal must be licensed unless they are properly employed by a business licensed for a site or as a collector. 

    DBS Certificate

    Before you apply, you and every person listed on the application form, need to obtain a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Disclosure Scotland.

    Registration Fees

    Licence

    Charge

    Site Licences

    £230

    Collectors Licence

    £215

    Add an additional site

    £100

    Variation

    £150

    Renewal

    £180

    Change of Details

    £25

    Replacement Licence

    £25

  • Skin Piercing Open or Close

    If you wish to undertake any/all of the following: Tattooing; Piercing; Acupuncture or Electrolysis then the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII requires registration to cover both the person and the premises. The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used for the above purposes comply fully with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    The cost of registering a premises is £37.00. For an individual licence the cost is £23.50. It is illegal to conduct body piercing, tattooing, acupuncture or electrolysis until the registration has been formally approved.

    You can also download the Bylaws regarding Skin Piercing (64kb), Acupuncture (63kb) and Tattooing (64kb).

  • Taxis & Private Hire Open or Close

    We are responsible for granting licences to the proprietors, operators and drivers of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. 

    Hackney Carriages may be the traditional London Cab style or may be normal saloon vehicles distinguishable by the fact that these vehicles have a white bonnet and boot/tailgate and will display a roof sign and display a blue and white plate on the rear of the vehicle.

    Private Hire vehicles are usually 'saloon type' vehicles and include mini buses with up to and including eight passenger seats and display a red and white plate on the rear of the vehicle. Both types of vehicle display a small window sticker of the relevant colour in the windscreen showing the licence details.

    The basic difference between the two vehicles is that Hackney Carriages can be "flagged down" on the street or at a rank within the District where it is licensed and Private Hire Vehicles must be pre-booked through a Private Hire Operator. If a Private Hire Driver accepts a fare off the street without it being pre-booked, they are liable to prosecution. It is also important to note that anyone taking a journey in a Private Hire Vehicle which has been "flagged down" may not be insured for the journey.

    • o Vehicle Licences - All vehicles that are to be used as Private Hire Vehicles or a Hackney Carriage must be licensed by the local authority. We must be satisfied that the vehicle is roadworthy, has a valid MOT certificate (if applicable) and is insured for the appropriate use. You will also be required to provide evidence that you own the vehicle (vehicle registration document / logbook) or proof of purchase if the vehicle is newly acquired. Licences are granted for a period of six-months and your vehicle will need to be tested each time you apply. 
    • o Driver Licences – Anyone who drives a Private Hire Vehicle or a Hackney Carriage must be licensed by the same local authority that licenses the vehicle.  We must be satisfied that the driver is ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence. All drivers are required to complete a theory test (including local knowledge; basic maths and English; Highway Code; and legislation and conditions of licence), medical, practical driving test, safeguarding course and DBS criminal record & right to work in the UK checks. Driver licenses normally last for three years.
    • o Private Hire Operator Licences- Anyone wishing to take bookings for private hire vehicles must be licensed by the same local authority that licenses the vehicle they intend to operate. We must be satisfied that the driver is ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence. All operators are required to complete a safeguarding course plus DBS criminal record & right to work in the UK checks

     Applications for driver, vehicle and operator licences must be made on the appropriate form and be accompanied by the relevant fee and accompanying documentation. For further information or to obtain an application form please contact the Licensing Section by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or calling 01246 217877.

     In September 2018 the local authority approved a revised Taxi Licensing Policy which is divided into five sections for ease of reference. The five sections are:

               Drivers

               Vehicles

               Operators

               Enforcement and Offences

               Equality Act

     We are in the process of writing to all our licence holders to advise them of the key Policy changes and a copy of the letter can be found here (copy of the letter to follow).

     One key change to the new policy is the introduction of a new vehicle condition which will be added to all new private hire vehicle and hackney carriage licences. This will require the vehicle to have a basic inspection each day prior to use and the findings of the inspection will need to be recorded. To assist the trade we have produced a Daily Inspection Book which can be downloaded here.

  • Temporary Road Closure Open or Close

    A Temporary Road Closure Order is needed for any event which may stop the flow of traffic on the public highway within the Bolsover District, for example, Galas, Parades, Christmas Markets, Fun Runs, etc. The orders are made by us following consultation with Derbyshire County Council and the relevant emergency services.

    Applications need to be submitted at least three calendar months before the date of the event and accompanied by a detailed plan showing the length of roads to be closed and the diversion route. An application can be made using the Temporary Road Closure application form, there are also conditions outlined by Derbyshire County Council that need to be adhered to.

    Please submit your application direct to:

    Rebecca Rowley, Legal Support Officer

    Telephone: 01246 242428

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You can keep up to date with the latest planned and active road closures across Derbyshire.

  • TV Licence Open or Close

    We understand that paying for those extra bills can become a burden for the elderly within our community, that’s why we provide a contribution towards the cost of a television licence for pensioners subject to certain conditions. The contribution is made per licence. Therefore only one contribution per household can be made each year.

    You must meet the following 3 criteria:

    1. Be at least 60 years old at the time of purchasing the TV licence.
    2. Have an income of no more than £271.15 per week (from 1 April 2017). In the case of a couple, this is a joint income level. For this purpose income includes, all income received except any disability pensions or allowances which are ignored.
    3. Must reside within Bolsover District and must be a householder (either owner/occupier or tenant) or be living in a separate part of the premises for which a separate licence is required.

    The contribution is restricted to £12, irrespective of whether you have a black and white or colour television licence. You will receive a cheque for £12.00 to your home address within 10 working days. Your TV licence will be returned to you at the same time. 

    Please apply for your contributuion using our TV Licence application form (40kb).

Planning and building control

  • Building Control Open or Close
  • Custom and Self Build Open or Close

     We are seeking enthusiastic individuals, families and groups who want to build their own homes.

    We have a list of suitable land to develop and a register of individuals and groups interested in building their own homes. We want to see a range of property types taking shape across the District. You may want to specialise in an eco-friendly property, look at “container” housing or consider a timber house kit. We are also encouraging projects of several properties being constructed together by local community groups. Non-traditional house building can be cheaper than traditional construction. Have a look at what best suits your pocket and your aspirations.

    There are 2 main types of construction in this concept: -   Custom and Self-Build.

    1. Custom Build— tends to be where you design your home with a specialist developer who then builds it. This can also include the developer building the “shell” up to say a watertight stage for you to then do all the internal work yourself.
    2. Self-Build—tends to be an individual or group completing a majority of the building work from the ground up, sometimes specialists are brought into complete jobs such as electrical or plastering work.

    Cost considerations

    There are a lot of things to think about when building your own home!   The options may be intimidating at first glance, but it is actually fairly straightforward when you take all the planning and design factors into consideration.

    Planning

    Self-building is an adventure dictated by your own constraints. There is no denying that there will be challenges, frustrations and a lot of excitement along the way. We have yet to hear of anybody who has regretted their decision to self-build.

    Support websites

    Most of the common issues experienced by people building their own home can be avoided by working with an experienced architectural designer and qualified construction contractor. Whatever skills you have and whichever route you follow, building your own home can be an amazing experience.

    Mortgage advice on custom and self build

    For more information / an informal chat or to register your interest, please complete the registration document and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Heritage Conservation Open or Close

    Conservation Areas

    Conservation areas are those parts of the District which have been recognised as having a special architectural or historic interest which is worthy of preservation and enhancement.

    When considering planning applications for developments within them, a duty is placed on the local planning authority to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area. Anyone intending to do works to trees in a conservation area is required to give the planning authority 6 weeks notice.

    There are, at present, 27 conservation areas within Bolsover District, all of which can be viewed using the Find My.. mapping feature at the top of this page.

    Aspley Grange Astwith Barlborough
    Belph Bolsover Carnfield Hall
    Clowne Creswell Elmton
    Elmton-with-Creswell Farmsteads Hardstoft Hardwick and Rowthorne
    Markland and Hollinhill Grips Newton Old Blackwell
    Palterton Pleasley Park and Vale Pleasley Village
    Scarcliffe Southgate House Stainsby
    Steetley Stony Houghton Tibshelf
    Upper Langwith Whaley Whitwell

    Heritage at Risk

    We have made significant progress over the years to protect and conserve some of the more prominent historical buildings in the District, such as the Model Village and the former Church of England Schools in Creswell.

    However, we are aware that a large number of historic buildings are at risk and therefore we have prepared a Heritage at Risk Strategy (1MB) which prioritises action to tackle a further twenty-one buildings or group of buildings at risk across the District. The priority buildings include historic farmsteads, former railway buildings, former shops and pubs as well as smaller residential properties.

    What can you do about Heritage at Risk?
    If you know of a historic building that is at risk, where it has recently become more at risk, or if you are the owner or are interested in helping the Council save a building at risk, please let us know immediately. 

    More information
    More information on Heritage at Risk can be viewed at:

    Listed Buildings

    English Heritage is responsible for compiling and updating a List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Listed Buildings are graded I, II* or II in recognition of their relative importance. They include fine examples of buildings associated with well-known architects or, a particular architectural period.

    Within the District there are presently 395 listed buildings, ranging from minor structures such as street furniture and telephone kiosks through to internationally recognised buildings such as Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall.

    The whole of the building is protected. This includes its interior; where historic fabric survives, as well as its exterior. Objects or structures within the grounds, which have formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948, are also protected.

    We have a statutory duty to ensure that all works to listed buildings preserves their special historic or architectural character. Any demolition, extensions or alterations that affect the character will require prior Listed Building Consent. This may include some internal alterations and certain repairs and maintenance works.

    It is not the intention of listing to prevent any alterations or changes to a building, but to ensure that if works are carried out they respect the building's historic and architectural character. There will, however, be a strong presumption in favour of preservation and minimising any disturbance to the building. It is an offence to carry out any of these works to a listed building without Listed Building Consent and we may take action against any unauthorised works.

    It is always preferable to proceed with the sympathetic repair of a listed building. We can advise on correct repair techniques and those repairs, which can be carried out without the need for Listed Building Consent.

    There is a statutory duty on the owners of listed buildings to maintain their property in a manner that preserves its architectural or historic character. This can result in a higher than usual financial responsibility. If a listed building falls into disrepair or is not being properly preserved we can enforce repairs through legal action if necessary.

  • Planning Appeals & Applications Open or Close

    Applications

    Please note that from 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees. You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.

     

    When an application has been received by us, various checks will be carried out to ensure that all information required to process the application has been received. If further information is required, the application will be made invalid and further information will be requested from the applicant/agent, e.g. an additional fee or additional plans.

    Once an application has been made valid it is assigned to a Planning Officer who will then carry out all the necessary checks and inspections. 

    All parties can view all representations made online via the Planning Portal website. Comments from neighbours will also be available although some private details including signatures, telephone numbers and email addresses are redacted and not available for viewing online. Please note that following a decision of the Information Commissioner, names and addresses will be revealed online.

    You can track the progress of a planning application online - for further details go to the view planning applications page below.

    Householder Enquiry Form

    If you are proposing householder development e.g. the erection of extensions, garages, fences, etc, you can complete a householder enquiry form (282kb) and return it to us. This is currently a service we offer free of charge therefore response times cannot be guaranteed and standard planning applications will take priority.

    Most planning applications require a location plan and a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as supporting documents. You can Buy a Plan to support your application from the Planning Portal website.

    Design and Access Statements

    Design and Access Statement (99kb) is now required to be submitted with most Planning Applications. Further guidance on design and access statements can be found via the planning portal. You may need approval under the Building Regulations as well as planning permission if you are proposing building works. You should check with building control before starting any work.

    Search Planning Applications

    Details of all planning applications are held in the Online Planning System where you can find and comment on planning applications that are being considered near you. You can search for applications by property, application reference and even using a map. You can also track an application as it goes through the planning process.

    Please note: you must register with us if you want to comment online or track an application.

    All personal information provided to Bolsover District Council will be held and treated in confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will only be used for the purpose for which it was given, however if you choose to comment on a planning application your name and address will be publicly available as part of the planning process.

    Appeals

    If your planning application has been turned down, you can appeal to The Planning Inspectorate.

    Before you appeal against a decision, you should speak to a Planning Officer to see whether or not an amendment to your original application could resolve the issues.

    The time limits in which you need to submit your appeal to the Planning Inspectorate are as follows:

    • Householder applications - the time limit to appeal is 12 weeks from the date of the notice of the decision or determination giving rise to an appeal.
    • In other cases, appeals should be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate within six months of the date of the decision notice giving rise to the appeal.
    • Where we have failed to make a decision, an appeal against non-determination can be submitted up to six months after the expiry of the period we had for dealing with the application.

    Where an Enforcement notice has been served on the same, or substantially the same, development the time limits to appeal are:

    • 28 days from the date of the refusal or the expiry of the period which we had to determine the application, where the enforcement notice is served before the application is submitted;
    • 28 days from the date of the refusal or the expiry of the period which we had to determine the application, where the enforcement notice is served before the decision on the application is reached or the determination period has expired; or
    • 28 days from the date the enforcement notice is served, where the enforcement notice is served after the decision or expiry of the period which we had to reach a decision on the application, unless the effect would be to extend the period beyond the usual time limit for cases not involving an enforcement notice, as outlined above.

    If you have any further enquiries regarding the information above, please use the contact us details on the right of this page to get in touch.

  • Planning Enforcement Open or Close

    In accordance with  Government guidance, the planning department  have produced a ‘Draft Planning Enforcement Plan’.

    The ultimate  aim of the Plan seeks to  promote effective planning enforcement whilst  maintaining public confidence in the planning system. The councils planningd department are now inviting comments on the contents of the Plan from Parish Councils, members of the public as well as any interested parties.  Please email any comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively post them to the Planning Department, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, S43 4JY before the 19th November 2018.

    Unauthorised development includes:

    • changing the use of land or buildings without getting planning permission first - one example is the use of a house for a business of car repairs 
    • carrying out operations without getting planning permission first. It is not just the erection of buildings that may need permission - works such as walls, fences and even the construction of hard standings often need permission
    • non-compliance with conditions imposed when planning permission is granted
    • carrying out development which is different from the details approved when planning permission is granted

    Our aims are:

    1. To contribute to a fair, transparent and effective planning system by resolving planning breaches and by using enforcement powers in cases where unauthorised development unacceptably affects public amenity or the existing use of land or buildings
    2. To take proactive action to improve the environment of the area
    3. To monitor development under way to make sure it fully complies with the terms of any planning permission

    How to report an unauthorised development
    If you suspect an unauthorised development has taken place you should report this to us in writing by filling in an Unauthorised Activity Enquiry form (82kb). Telephone reports will only be acted upon if there are special circumstances or if there is special urgency, such as someone knocking down a protected building or tree. Anonymous reports will not be pursued, unless there is a clear and obvious breach of planning control.

    For any further planning enforcement queries please contact us using the contact details on the right of this page.

  • Trees and Hedgerows Open or Close

    Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are used to protect selected trees and woodlands if their removal would have a significant impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public. Priority for Tree Preservation Orders is generally given to trees which are considered to be under threat, for example where development is proposed. Trees in Conservation Areas may be protected by TPOs but where they are not, there is a duty to give us six weeks notice in writing before carrying out any work.

    Hedgerow Regulations
    Hedgerows represent some of the most important wildlife habitats in lowland Britain. The Regulations are intended to protect important hedges in the countryside. Anyone proposing to remove a hedge to which the Regulations apply must give the Council six weeks notice and give the reason for seeking to remove it.

    High Hedges

    Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 gives local authorities powers to deal with complaints about high hedges. As long as you have made reasonable attempts to resolve your dispute, you can bring your complaint about your neighbour’s evergreen hedge to us. If you wish to make a formal complaint about a High Hedge, you should contact us to request the relevant application forms or you can download the form here.. You will need to pay a fee of £390 if you make a formal complaint. This is needed to cover the cost of the work in dealing with your complaint.

    Further information is available on the Government’s website.

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Regeneration

  • Coalite Open or Close

    The former Coalite site, which lies 1.5 miles north west of Bolsover town centre, has lain derelict since 2004. The site is split between the boundaries of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils and both authorities have given permission for the site to be cleaned up and redeveloped for residential and business use.

    The residential development mainly lies within our boundaries, which includes plans for up to 660 homes, riverside park, museum and visitor centre and green cycleways and footpaths. More information can be found on the Coalite Regeneration website.

  • New Bolsover Model Village Open or Close

    A £10million project to breathe new life into New Bolsover Model Village got the go-ahead after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) agreed to grant £1.9million towards the project.

    The project will carry out essential repairs and restore original architectural features (660kb) on the 194 dwellings that make-up the Model Village. In addition all 138 Council-owned properties will receive internal thermal insulation. 

    The three-year project started in June 2016 and offered a number of training and work experience opportunities for local people. Running alongside the building work will also be an exciting programme of activities designed to engage the community, creating a better understanding of the local heritage and evoking a se  nse of pride in the local area.

  • Regeneration Frameworks Open or Close

    We are looking to shape the future of our District and commissioned a community-led district wide regeneration.

    Led by consultants Bauman Lyons Architects, the work primarily focused on the four towns, but also included the wider settlements and areas of interest such as Creswell Crags. It will help identify the strengths and build upon them, but also look at areas that need improving.

    We have now produced four frameworks for our main towns which include surrounding villages and hamlets:

    • Bolsover (7.04MB) and surrounding villages and hamlets including Bramley Vale, Doe Lea, Scarcliffe, Shuttlewood, Stanfree, Palterton and Glapwell.
    • Clowne (8.36MB) and surrounding villages and hamlets including Barlborough, Creswell, Whitwell and Hodthorpe.
    • Shirebrook (8.8MB) and surrounding villages and hamlets including Pleasley, Pleasley Vale, Langwith-Whaley Thorns and New Houghton.
    • South Normanton (6.79MB) and surrounding villages and hamlets including Pinxton, Blackwell, Hilcote, Newton, Tibshelf and Westhouses.

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