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The development plan for the District is currently made up of the documents below read together. Where there is any conflict between the policies contained in these documents, the policy in the most recently published, adopted or approved document prevails. 

Bolsover District Local Plan

The Bolsover District Local Plan (February 2000) contains local and site specific policies on general development issues, housing, employment, shopping and town centres, community facilities, recreation, leisure and tourism, transport, conservation of the historic and built environment. It also allocates sites for specific development.

We asked the Secretary of State to consider action to ‘save’ many of the policies of the Bolsover District Local Plan beyond 28th September 2007 under provisions in the legislation. The Secretary of State agreed to our request and these ‘saved’ policies will remain in force until they are replaced by new policies.

To see the saved policies of the Bolsover District Local Plan, go to:

Bolsover District Local Plan (as adopted)

List of saved policies (Secretary of State Direction) (1.4MB)

List of expired policies (addendum sheet) (26kb)

Supplementary Planning Documents

Whilst not part of the Development Plan, certain policies of the Bolsover District Local Plan are currently supported by the following supplementary planning documents:

Affordable Housing SPG (adopted February 2002)

The Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance document was adopted in 2002 as a material consideration to provide further clarity and interpretation for policies HOU 6 and HOU 7 of the Bolsover District Local Plan. As these two policies were ‘saved’, they will remain in force until they are replaced by new policies in our New Local Plan.

Historic Environment SPD (approved 1st March 2006)

The Historic Environment Supplementary Planning Document was adopted in March 2006 to provide further clarity and interpretation for policies in the Bolsover District Local Plan in relation to listed buildings, conservation areas, conversion of historic agricultural buildings and archaeology.

As these policies were ‘saved’, they will remain in force until they are replaced by new policies in our New Local Plan.

New Bolsover Model Village Planning Guidelines SPG (adopted November 2002 updated October 2008)

The New Bolsover Model Village Planning Guidelines Supplementary Planning Guidance was adopted in 2002 as a material consideration to guide those proposing to carry out works to the Grade II listed New Bolsover Model Village houses by identifying the features which are important to the special architectural or historic interest of the properties.

The document was updated in October 2008 to include information on works for which listed building consent and planning permission have already been secured, to revise the information provided in the Building Regulation Consent section and to make changes to the contact details for the Council and the Building Control Service.

The New Bolsover Model Village Planning Guidelines Supplementary Planning Guidance provide further clarity and interpretation for policies in the Bolsover District Local Plan in relation to listed buildings and conservation areas. As these policies were ‘saved’, they will remain in force until they are replaced by new policies in our New Local Plan.

Successful Places SPD (adopted October 2013)

We adopted Successful Places: A Guide to Sustainable Housing Layout and Design as an Interim Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on the 2nd October 2013.

The purpose of the Successful Places is to promote and achieve high quality residential development within the District by providing practical advice to all those involved in the design, planning and development of housing schemes. The guide is applicable to all new proposals for residential development, including mixed-use schemes that include an element of housing.
The guide currently supports the saved policies of the Bolsover District Local Plan and has been prepared to support the emerging policies of the new Local Plan and has been adopted to be used as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

Supporting documents


The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires us to undertake a number of monitoring duties. As part of this, we have prepared Monitoring Reports on a largely annual basis since 2004 that cover the delivery of the Bolsover District Local Plan and these can be found on our Development Plan Monitoring page.

Derby and Derbyshire Minerals and Waste Local Plans

The Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Local Plan (April 2000) (as altered in November 2002) sets out planning policies for minerals development. Most of its policies have been saved and will remain in force until they are replaced by new development plan documents. The Minerals Plan is supplemented by Supplementary Planning Guidance on the After-uses of Sand and Gravel Sites.

The Derby and Derbyshire Waste Local Plan (March 2005) sets out planning policies for waste development. All but one policy (policy W1A) of the Derby and Derbyshire Waste Local Plan, adopted in March 2005, have been saved beyond March 2008.

Proposals for the replacement of these policies are contained within the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme prepared jointly by Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council.


If you require more information on the Development Plan call Planning Policy on 01246 242203 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 requires the Council to prepare, maintain and publish a register of previously developed (Brownfield) land. This register must be published by 31st December 2017 and should be reviewed at least once a year.

The purpose of brownfield land registers is to provide up-to-date and consistent information on previously developed land that is considered to be appropriate for residential development. The Government hopes that this will help housebuilders to identify suitable sites quickly and speed up the construction of new homes.

The Regulations 2017 set out the criteria which local authorities have to follow in preparing and publishing a Brownfield land register. This requires that the register is provided in a spreadsheet style and published in a standard data format. The register consists of two parts; Part 1 should comprise all brownfield sites that a local planning authority has assessed as appropriate for residential development and Part 2 as a subset of Part 1 which is optional. However, Bolsover’s Brownfield Land Register currently comprises only a Part 1 register.

In total, 20 brownfield sites have been identified which comprise approximately 17.74 ha of housing land and could accommodate up to 553 dwellings. To identify these sites different sources of datasets (e.g. brownfield sites from Housing Land Availability Assessment, brownfield sites with planning permission, etc.) were utilised.

It is required that Brownfield land registers should be published in a ’csv’ format and an INSPIRE compliant polygon format. Bolsover’s Brownfield Land Register is available for download below in these required formats (and also in Excel):

Further information on the requirements for brownfield land registers can be viewed on the Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) website.

The Brownfield Register is published under the Open Government Licence.



Submission of Local Plan for Bolsover District

Following on from the Publication Local Plan consultation, the Council formally submitted the Local Plan for Bolsover District to the Secretary of State on 31st August 2018 and this has started the Examination process.

As required under Regulation 22 (1) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, our submission and supporting documents have been made available for inspection both here on our website and where practicable in our Contact Centres and at libraries across the District.

Statement of Fact regarding Submission and Document Availability
Index of Documents

Following Submission an independent inspector will be appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake the examination of the Local Plan for Bolsover District.

The examination process will be administered by the Programme Officer, Louise St John Howe. Louise is independent from the Council and works directly to the Inspector.

A new Local Plan Examination page is being created but in the interim the submission and supporting documents are available from the links below.

Submission Documents

SD1 - Letter to The Planning Inspectorate covering Submission
SD2 - Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District
- North Map
- Central Map
- South Map
SD3 - Sustainability Appraisal Report
- Appendices A to C
- Appendix D
- Appendices E to J
SD4 - Statement of Consultation in accordance with Regulation 22
SD5 - Copy of representations made in accordance with Regulation 20

Supporting Documents

Key Supporting Documents

KSD1 - Local Development Scheme
KSD2 - Statement of Community Involvement
KSD3 - Equalities Impact Assessment
KSD4 - Habitats Regulation Assessment
KSD5 - Duty to Co-operate Statement
KSD6 - Housing Market Area Statement of Common Ground
KSD7 - Former Coalite Priority Regeneration Area Statement of Common Ground
KSD8 - Mansfield Statement of Common Ground

Position Papers

PP1 - Position Paper relating to Housing Requirement
PP2 - Position Paper relating to Residential Land Supply
PP3 - Position Paper relating to Employment Provision
PP4 - Position Paper relating to the Green Belt within Bolsover District
PP5 - Position Paper relating to Clowne Garden Village Strategic Site Allocation
PP6 - Position Paper relating to Gypsy, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

Background Documents

BD1 - Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District

Key Panel
North Map 
Central Map 
South Map  

BD2 - Sustainability Appraisal Report on the Consultation Draft Local Plan

Appendices A to C  
Appendix D  
Appendices E to J  

BD3 - Committee Report regarding Selection of Preferred Strategic Options

BD4 - Local Plan for Bolsover District: Identified Strategic Options

BD5 - Sustainability Appraisal Report on the Identified Strategic Options
- Appendices A to C
- Appendix D
- Appendices E to I

BD6 - Habitat Regulations Assessment Scope and Approach Note
BD7 - Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report - Appendix C

Evidence Base

See the Evidence Base and Monitoring Page.


CH1 - Legal Compliance Checklist
CH2 - Tests of Soundness Checklist

Adopted Documents

See Development Plan webpage

Note: The Local Plan policy maps above are for viewing only as they contain data supplied by Ordnance Survey and are therefore protected by copyright law. Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions:

i) “You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free, revocable licence solely to view the Licensed Data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which Bolsover District Council makes it available;
ii) you are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed data to third parties in any form.
By opening the .pdf maps you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
© Crown Copyright and database right (2018) Ordnance Survey (100019526)



We have published details of our 5 year housing supply each year since 2007. Whether the Council can demonstrate a 5 year supply of ‘deliverable’ housing is important as it affects how planning applications for new housing are determined.

Housing Objectively Assessed Need

To establish the Housing Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for Bolsover District, in 2013 we commissioned in co-operation with our partner authorities of the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA). This was updated in 2014 to take account of the updated methodology set out in the National Planning Practice Guidance. Now, in light of 2014 Sub National Population projections and the Sub National Household projections that were published in 2016, we and our partners commissioned a SHMA OAN Update report and this was completed in October 2017.

This SHMA evidence can be viewed below:

Based on this evidence, the Housing Objectively Assessed Need annual requirement for Bolsover District is 272 dwellings per year, with a base date of 1 April 2014.


2018/19 Five Year Supply update

We have updated the assessment of our 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites to take account of completions and permissions at 31 March 2018 and the proposals contained within the emerging new Local Plan for Bolsover District. This update was reported to Planning Committee at its meeting on 4 July 2018.

Based on this updated assessment, we conclude that we have just over 7.75 years supply of deliverable sites for the period 2018/19 to 2022/23. Therefore, the saved planning policies within the adopted Bolsover District Local Plan (February 2000) related to the supply of housing can be given more weight in the determination of planning applications.

To read the 5-year housing supply committee report, assessment or to view the detailed schedule of residential sites within the housing supply go to:

5-year Housing Supply – Planning Committee Report 4 July 2018 

5-year Housing Supply – Assessment 2018

5-year Housing Supply – Schedule 2018



The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act requires the Council to undertake a number of monitoring duties. This webpage seeks to pull together the relevant information.

Monitoring Reports

The Council has prepared Monitoring Reports on a largely annual basis since such reports were required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act.

These Monitoring Reports cover both the progress on the preparation of any new Local Plan and also the delivery of its current Development Plan.

  • Annual Monitoring 2016/17 - Report (2.12mb)
  • Annual Monitoring 2015/16 - Report (4.15MB)
  • Annual Monitoring 2014/15 – Report (2.59MB)
  • Annual Monitoring 2013/14 – Report (1.62MB)
  • Annual Monitoring 2012/13 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2011/12 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2010/11 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2009/10 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2008/09 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2007/08 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2006/07 - Report
  • Annual Monitoring 2005/06 - Report


Survey of Area (Evidence Base)

The formal Monitoring Reports outline the range of studies and reports undertaken to survey Bolsover District with the intention of informing the preparation of a new Local Plan. These studies and reports have been grouped along the following thematic areas:


Biodiversity and green infrastructure


Climate change

Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Study Review Paper (December 2017) (158KB)


Community and wellbeing (including equalities and health)



Economy and employment

Retail and Centres Study (April 2018)

Retail Land Availability Assessment (March 2018)

Employment Land Availability Assessment (March 2018)


  Economic Development Needs Assessment (October 2015)

 Bolsover Economic Alignment Study (August 2018) (3.6MB)

Historic environment

 English Heritage Bolsover Castle Conservation Management Plan (2012)



 Strategic Housing Market Assessment

 Housing Land Availability Assessment (October 2017)

 Derby, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park Authority and East Staffordshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (June 2015)

Gypsy and Traveller Land Availability Assessment (March 2018)

Travelling Showpeople Land Availability Assessment (March 2018)


Land and landscape

Development Envelope Review (February 2018) (27.6MB) 

Partial Green Belt Review – Supplementary Assessment (November 2017)

Partial Green Belt Review (August 2017)

Important Open Breaks (August 2017) (4.6MB) 


Material Assets


Population and Community


Transport and Air Quality

Bolsover Town Transport Study

Clowne Transport Study (October 2016)

 M1 Junction 29A Operational Capacity Assessment 

North Derbyshire Highway Assignment Model Traffic Forecasting Report (April 2012)

North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 2b - Traffic Impacts Cumulative (February 2012)

North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 2a - Traffic Impacts Bolsover District (May 2010)

North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 1 - Strategic Transport Issues Report (March 2010)

Network Rail East Midlands Route Utilisation Strategy (February 2010) (7.3MB)



Whole Plan Viability Assessment (March 2018) (2.4mb)


 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (March 2009)

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