Development Plan Open or Close
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.
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.
Development Plan Monitoring Open or Close
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.
The Council has prepared Monitoring Reports on a largely annual basis since such reports were required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act.
- 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
Register of Local Wildlife Sites (December 2013) (368kb)
Green Space Quantity and Accessibility Report (December 2013) (553kb)
Green Space Strategy (April 2012) (590kb)
Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan (November 2011) (12.8MB)
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Strategic Plan 2010-15 (August 2010) (1.2MB)
Green Infrastructure Study for Bolsover (June 2008) (1.4MB)
Green Infrastructure for the East Midlands - A Public Benefit Mapping Project (2008) (31.7MB)
East Derbyshire Greenway Strategy (June 1998) 250kb)
Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Study (May 2009) (1.1MB)
Community and wellbeing (including equalities and health)
Bolsover Sustainable Community Strategy 2006-2020 (2013) (2.4MB)
Economy and employment
Employment Land Availability Assessment (October 2016) (278kb)
Economic Development Needs Assessment (October 2015)
- report (3.3MB)
- review of employment sites plan 1 (4MB)
- review of employment sites plan 2 (3.3MB)
- review of employment sites plan 3 (3.2MB)
- review of employment sites plan 4 (3.1MB)
- review of employment sites plan 5 (2.5MB)
Employment Land Portfolio (October 2015) (4.2MB)
Historic Environment Listings in Bolsover District (October 2016) (680kb)
English Heritage Bolsover Castle Conservation Management Plan (2012)
- report part 1 (7.1MB)
- report part 2 (4.7MB)
- report part 3 (5.7MB)
- report part 4 (7.8MB)
- report part 5 (11MB)
Bolsover District Council Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans (various)
New Bolsover Model Village Planning Guidelines SPG (October 2008) (1.7MB)
Historic Environment SPD (March 2006) (4MB)
Schedule of Committed and Submitted Residential and Employment Sites (March 2015) (2.4MB)
Strategic Housing Market Assessment - Sensitivity Testing Analysis (March 2014)
Strategic Housing Land Availability Study (December 2013)
- Report (547kb)
- Barlborough Site Summaries (514kb)
- Belph Site Summaries (263kb)
- Blackwell Site Summaries (500kb)
- Bolsover Site Summaries (2.5MB)
- Clowne Site Summaries (2.1MB)
- Creswell Site Summaries (471kb)
- Glapwell Site Summaries (415kb)
- Hilcote Site Summaries (857kb)
- Hodthorpe Site Summaries (267kb)
- Langwith Site Summaries (344kb)
- New Houghton Site Summaries (1.3MB)
- Newton Site Summaries (300kb)
- Pinxton Site Summaries (515kb)
- Shirebrook Site Summaries (785kb)
- Shuttlewood Site Summaries (457kb)
- South Normanton Site Summaries (831kb)
- Stanfree Site Summaries (364kb)
- Tibshelf Site Summaries (586kb)
- Westhouses Site Summaries (321kb)
- Whaley Thorns Site Summaries (226kb)
- Whitwell Site Summaries (577kb)
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (November 2013)
- Housing Market Overview report (2.2MB)
- Bolsover District report (2MB)
Affordable Housing Needs and Viability Study (October 2012)
- SHMA and Economic Viability Study Review report (1.4MB)
- Economic Viability Study report (1.7MB)
- Economic Viability Study appendices (1.2MB)
A Study of Younger People’s Housing Needs in the Northern Housing Market Area Covers Bolsover, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield & NEDDC (June 2008) (594kb)
Housing Needs Study of Older Persons covering Bolsover, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, and NEDDC (April 2008) (380kb)
Housing Needs Study of BME Communities in the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area (2008) (786kb)
Land and landscape
Derbyshire County and Derbyshire City Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (July 2006) (963kb)
Population and Community
Settlement Hierarchy Study (April 2015) (724KB)
Transport and Air Quality
Bolsover Town Transport Study (October 2016)
Interim Transport Evidence Information Note (April 2015) (2.8MB)
M1 Junction 29A Operational Capacity Assessment Report (July 2012)
- report (301kb)
- appendix 1 (285kb)
- appendix 2 (1.4MB)
- appendix 3 (1.8MB)
North Derbyshire Highway Assignment Model Traffic Forecasting Report (April 2012)
- report (1.5MB)
- appendix (2.1MB)
North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 2b - Traffic Impacts Cumulative (February 2012)
- report (2MB)
- appendix (1.4MB)
Derbyshire County Council Local Transport Plan 3 2001-2026 (April 2011) 2.2MB)
Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy 2011-2026 (April 2011)
North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 2a - Traffic Impacts Bolsover District (May 2010)
- report (1.4MB)
- appendix (2MB)
North Derbyshire Transport Study Part 1 - Strategic Transport Issues Report (March 2010)
- explanatory note (70kb)
- report (2MB)
- appendix (902kb)
Network Rail East Midlands Route Utilisation Strategy (February 2010) (7.3MB)
Outline Water Cycle Study (October 2010) (3.2MB)
Five Year Supply Open or Close
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.
The requirement for the calculation is based on an objectively assessed need of 240 new homes a year as set out in the Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment’s Housing Market Overview and Bolsover District reports (November 2013) and updated by the Sensitivity Testing Analysis (March 2014).
To be included in the five year supply the Government requires that sites are assessed to ensure that they are ’deliverable’. To be ‘deliverable’, sites should be available now, offer a suitable location now, and be achievable with a reasonable prospect that housing will be delivered on the site within 5 years, and in particular that development of the site is viable. There is also a Government requirement on Councils to add a 5% buffer to the housing requirement. Where Councils have ‘persistently’ under delivered on their housing requirement in the past, this buffer is raised to 20%.
We have updated the assessment of our 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites to take account of completions and permissions at 31 March 2017 and the proposals contained within the emerging new Local Plan for Bolsover District. This update was reported to Planning Committee at its meeting on 30 August 2017.
Based on this updated assessment, we conclude that we have just over an 8 year supply of deliverable sites for the period 2017/18 to 2021/22. 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 30 August 2017
5-year Housing Supply – Assessment 2017
5-year Housing Supply – Schedule 2017
Neighbourhood Planning Open or Close
Neighbourhood Planning enables Town and Parish Councils or Neighbourhood Forums to prepare, in partnership with the community they represent, a formal planning document for their area. The purpose of this new tier of plan making is to empower local people to take a proactive role in shaping the future of the areas in which they live and give local people greater ownership of the plans and policies that affect their local area.
The first stage in developing a neighbourhood plan is to designate the 'neighbourhood area' that it will cover.
Once a neighbourhood area has been established, a neighbourhood plan may be developed for that area. There is quite a lot of work required to do this, including gathering evidence and submitting it for endorsement by an inspector. We provide support for groups carrying out neighbourhood planning.
See our Neighbourhood Planning Protocol for more information on the direct support we can provide.
The final stage is endorsement from the local community through a referendum.
A second tool is the ability to promote a Neighbourhood Development Order which allows parishes and neighbourhoods to grant permission for certain developments or classes of development to take place in their area. When this is done there is no need to get planning permission from the District Council.
For further information see the Gov.uk web page on Neighbourhood Planning.
Hodthorpe and Belph
Hodthorpe and Belph Parish Council has applied for the parish of Hodthorpe and Belph to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area. See documents below for more details.
Tibshelf Parish Council has applied for the parish of Tibshelf to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area. See documents below for more details.
- Application from Tibshelf Parish Council for the designation of the parish of Tibshelf as a Neighbourhood Area
- Formal Notice of Application for designation of the parish of Tibshelf as a Neighbourhood Area
- Tibshelf Neighbourhood Plan Designation
Whitwell Parish Council has applied for the parish of Whitwell to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area. See documents below for more details.
- Application from Whitwell Parish Council for the designation of the parish of Whitwell as a Neighbourhood Area
- Formal Notice of Application for designation of the parish of Hodthorpe and Belph as a Neighbourhood Area
- Whitwell Parish Map [1.37mb]
- Whitwell Neighbourhood Area Decision (171kb)
New Local Plan Open or Close
On the 15th October 2014, we resolved to commence the preparation of a new single Local Plan for Bolsover District to replace the Bolsover District Local Plan (February 2000). The Local Plan for Bolsover District will set out the vision, objectives, planning policies and site allocations that will guide development in the District to 2033.
What is happening now?
The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan for Bolsover District is set out in our Local Development Scheme.
The timetable for the future stages of the preparation of the Local Plan for Bolsover District is being revised in light of the commissioned update to the SHMA and the Government’s announcement regarding the intention of introducing a new methodology to calculate the level of housing need. However, in the expectation that this critical matter is resolved later this year the remaining milestones are expected to be:
- Early 2018 – Consultation on Publication Local Plan (Regulation 19)
- Spring 2018 – Submission of Local Plan
- Autumn 2018 – Adoption of Local Plan
Once this becomes more certain, we will formally update our Local Development Scheme.
What has happened so far?
In October 2016, we consulted on the Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District. The Consultation Draft Local Plan carries forward the Council’s preferred strategic options and sets out a comprehensive spatial strategy including the local plan vision, objectives and strategic priorities for Bolsover District, together with the preferred policies and site allocations to deliver this spatial strategy. In addition, the Consultation Draft Local Plan represents the first time we have set out our plans for the District within the format of a full local plan since May 2004.
During this non-statutory consultation, we had a substantial response and the comments received will shortly be made publicly available via our online database. The Council will also publish at the same time on this page its response to the comments received.
Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District (6MB)
Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District policies map
- Key Panel (1.4MB)
- North Map (3.7MB) | Top Left panel (3.7MB) Top Right panel (2.2MB) Bottom Left panel (2.1MB) Bottom Right panel (2.2MB)
- Central Map (3MB) | Top Left panel (4MB) Top Right panel (3.7MB) Bottom Left panel (3.6MB) Bottom Right panel (4.1MB)
- South Map (3MB) | Top Left panel (3.7MB) Top Right panel (3.5MB) Bottom Left panel (4.1MB) Bottom Right panel (3.8MB)
These maps 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.
Sustainability Appraisal Report: Non-Technical Summary (1MB)
Sustainability Appraisal Report (3.5MB)
- Appendices A to C (1.8MB)
- Appendix D (7.6MB)
- Appendices E to J (2MB)
Evidence and Background Documents
The updated range of studies and reports that survey Bolsover District and have informed and provided the Evidence Base for the Consultation Draft Local Plan can be viewed on the Development Plan Monitoring page.
You can also view the following other documents published during the preparation of the new Local Plan below:
Statement of Consultation: Identified Strategic Options stage (725kb)
Local Plan for Bolsover District: Identified Strategic Options (3 MB)
and its accompanying Sustainability Report (2.7 MB)
Sustainability Report Appendices A to C (903 KB)
Sustainability Report Appendix D (7.6 MB)
Sustainability Report Appendices E to I (1.1 MB)
Sustainability Report: Non Technical Summary (1.1 MB)
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (consultation version) (2.2 MB)
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Appendix C (consultation version) (6.8 MB)Habitat Regulations Assessment Scope and Approach Note (797 KB)
We maintain a database of parties interested in the preparation of the Local Plan for Bolsover District, such as those people who have made representations during consultation exercises or have expressed interest in being on the database during the preparation of the new Local Plan.
If you have provided us with an email address then you will have an online account. By clicking on this link you will be able to log in and then review your representations or update your contact details if they change.
If you aren’t on our database but want to be, you can create a new account to ensure you are notified about the next steps or consulted on options for the Local Plan for Bolsover District.
For more information on our approach to involving the community within plan making and on planning applications, please see the Statement of Community Involvement (750kb).
Self Build and Custom Build Open or Close
What is self build and custom build?
Self build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom Build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two - for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.
What is the Council doing to help people who want to self or custom build?
From 1st April 2016, the Council will keep a register of individuals and associations who are looking for serviced plots of land in the district.
What is the purpose of the Register?
The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. The Register will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build in Bolsover District and allow the Council to develop its housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.
How can I register?
To register please complete the Self Build and Custom Build Registration form provided at the foot of the page. Prior to filling out the form, please take a minute to read the guidance notes at the top of the form.
Applicants should be over 18 and either: a British citizen; or a European Economic Area National; or a national of Switzerland. Applicants should be looking for a plot of land in Bolsover district to occupy as their sole or main residence.
If your application is successful we will notify you within 28 days and place your details on our register. If your application is unsuccessful we will notify you of the reason(s) within 28 days.
How will the information be used?
The register will be used to help us find out more about the demand for self and custom build plots in the district; where people would like their plot to be; and the size and type of home that they would like to build.
Specifically, information on the register will be used to inform planning decisions, the Local Plan, the Housing Strategy, Land Disposal Plans, and Regeneration Plans. All personal information will be held and treated in confidence.