For the second year running, we have a five year supply of deliverable housing land as required by the Government..
Our planning committee approved the latest assessment at its recent meeting. This assessment identifies that just over 2,100 houses will be built in Bolsover District between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2022, a total that is greater than the amount required to be built during that period so proving we have a five year supply. Indeed, based on the assessment the total works out at just over eight years worth of supply.
As part of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, all planning authorities are required to identify sufficient deliverable sites to deliver the next five years of housing provision. Without this in place, our local plan policies can be treated as out-of-date and give developers a loophole for submitting applications for large scale developments outside settlement boundaries and where local communities may not want development to take place.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This latest five year supply assessment is important news for us and growth in Bolsover District. The Council has taken the necessary decisions to approve and stimulate growth in the right locations to ensure that we both meet the Government’s requirements but more importantly ensure our local communities feel in control of how their town or village grows.”
The five year housing supply assessment takes into account all housing sites that have gained planning permission along with those identified within the Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District.
For more information on the assessment, please click here
Up to 212 new homes are set to be built on land off Mooracre Lane in Bolsover after the Council approved planning permission.
The proposal is for a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced 2, 3 and 4 bed properties with associated garaging, parking and infrastructure. The layout of the development will also seek to retain a large central green area and other open spaces to ensure it is in keeping with the local countryside.
To help reduce the impact on the existing junctions a central through road from Mooracre Lane to Rotherham Road will be constructed and funding for other off site road improvements agreed.
Approximately 10 hectares, the site is mostly agricultural use surrounded by hedgerows and is subject to a former outline planning permission for housing and industrial use.
The site has been allocated for residential development in the Council’s Consltation Draft Local Plan as it is deemed to be a sustainable site that could attract further growth in the area.
Council also heard that the developers had agreed to a S106 agreement that would see:
- 19 affordable houses being developed,
- £53k contribution towards a play area,
- a contribution of £513k towards the provision of edcuation places,
- a £37k contribution to bus services, and
- £93k contribution towards road network provision.
Applicants Keepmoat Homes must start the work within three-years and no developmnt can take place until the pre-commencement elements such as archaeological fieldwork have been completed on site.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Bolsover District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Bolsover.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Bolsover should be represented by 37 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Bolsover who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Bolsover.”
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. The electoral review of Bolsover District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/bolsover or https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8905
New Bolsover Model Village will be taking part in Heritage Open Days festival of history and culture this September.
Heritage Open Days events take place every year and reflect the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities.
This year the Model Village will be offering a wide range of activities, demonstrations and tours around the village which is currently receiving a £10million restoration and repair of architectural features at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
One of the highlights on the day will be the presentation of a banner created by locals under the watchful eye of digital textile artist, Karina Thompson who has been delivering a Banner & Banter project.
The artist, employed by Junctions Arts and funded by the contractor Woodhead Ltd and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has engaged with the local community using the heritage of the Trade Union banners to strengthen the identity of the Model.
The Heritage Open Days festival takes place for four days in September and sees places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places, particular those normally closed to the public – and it’s all FREE.
New Bolsover Model Village will be opening their doors on Sunday 10th September 2017.