The Society monitors planning applications and proposals affecting Retford and comments where appropriate. We try to be positive and constructive. Recent comments to the Council are below.
We hope soon to be involved in the production of a Neighbourhood Plan for the town centre on which the public are now being consulted.
Bassetlaw Local Plan
Retford Civic Society has submitted to Bassetlaw DC comments on the Draft Plan published in November 2020. The following is a summary. The full text can be provided on request.
The Society is pleased to see progress being made towards the adoption of a new Local Plan.
It supports the proposal for a new village at Five Lanes End. However, this development must not start until there is a mechanism in place to ensure that retail and other community facilities, including public transport services, are in place at an early stage to serve residents.
The Draft Plan proposes house building at a rate almost double what is required using the government’s recommended method of calculation. This is justified by employment growth which is expected to result in substantially increased inwards migration. The Society has reservations about the scale of the increase in employment planned for and consider it over-ambitious.
The Society considers that the scale of house building proposed in the Draft Plan is excessive and that it should be reduced to around that required by the government’s ‘standard method’ of assessment.
If the scale of house building in the Plan as a whole were reduced in this way, perhaps there would be no need for the 800 houses proposed to be added to Ordsall. The Society has reservations about this development. It would produce additional traffic putting local roads under stress and there is limited scope to improve these roads. Improvements for cycle traffic may be difficult to achieve without restricting much needed kerbside parking.
If the Ordsall development goes ahead, there must be arrangements in place to secure the funding and provision of all the additional retail and community facilities, including a school, promised in the Plan.
The Society supports further residential development on North Road but considers that this should not go ahead until the land for employment proposed on Randall Way is serviced and made available for individual employers to build on.