We have decided to prepare a Growth Plan for Creswell. The Growth Plan will be a dedicated plan for Creswell, setting out plans for how Creswell could grow and prosper over the next five years and beyond. It will cover issues such as living and working in Creswell and will particularly focus on the village centre and environmental issues.
As we have an up-to-date Local Plan which doesn’t need to be reviewed for several years, the Creswell Growth Plan will be a non-statutory planning document that will sit on top of the Local Plan for Bolsover District. It is intended that the Growth Plan will be adopted as a material consideration in our planning processes.
What happened previously?
We started the preparation of the Creswell Growth Plan in April 2022 and ran an initial consultation exercise during June 2022. Feedback on what the people of Creswell said during this consultation exercise is set out in the Creswell Growth Plan Newsletter 1.
A second stage consultation undertaken in January and February 2023 focussed on masterplanning using a digital game and sought to find out what the community thought potential growth in Creswell could look like. Feedback on what the people of Creswell said during this consultation exercise is set out in the Creswell Growth Plan Newsletter issue 2.
The feedback from this exercise is still being considered and will inform the next stage of the preparation of the Creswell Growth Plan. However, to ensure that those people that responded to the consultation and the wider local community were informed of what had been said during the consultation exercise we held a virtual reality showcase event at the Heritage and Wellbeing Centre on Colliery Road in Creswell on 27th July 2023.
This virtual reality showcase event saw a Virtual Reality Balloon Ride which explored Creswell from the air in order to help participants to appreciate the existing, planned, and potential future housing, workspaces and infrastructure development in Creswell from a new and exciting perspective.
Whilst not in virtual reality, you can still view the Creswell Virtual Reality Balloon Ride (opens in a new window) and let us know whether the use of virtual reality was helpful in understanding what growth could look like in Creswell.
Timetable going forward
The timetable for the next stages of the preparation of the Creswell Growth Plan is as follows:
• May 2024 – Consultation on draft Creswell Growth Plan
• November 2024 – Adoption of Creswell Growth Plan