Frequently Asked Questions

Need for new homes

Why are you bringing these proposals forward?

The site is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council and forms part of a county-wide drive to create much-needed new housing in sustainable locations. The application will be made by the Arc Partnership on behalf of the County Council.

Funding has been secured from Homes England, a public body which is responsible for increasing the number of new homes that are built in England, as part of the Local Authority Accelerated Construction Fund to help bring the site forward for development and deliver the necessary infrastructure.

Development of this site will help to meet the critical shortfall in housing in the Ashfield district.

But there are already lots of houses planned for the area, including the Lindhurst development, why is it necessary to develop this site?

A key Government objective is to significantly boost the supply of homes in the UK. Local planning authorities are required to identify a sufficient supply of available sites for development for a minimum of five years against their housing requirement. This is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Latest figures show that the Ashfield district will be underproviding 5,211 homes between 2020 and 2037.

Suitability for development

Is the site suitable for development?

The majority of the site was allocated for residential development in the Ashfield District Local Plan (2017-2032). While the Local Plan was withdrawn in 2018, the site was considered suitable for development during the Local Plan evidence gathering process.

We are also producing an Environmental Statement to accompany the planning application which will assess the potential impact of the proposed development on the local environment. This will assess a range of issues including the landscape and visual impact, ecology, archaeology, transport, noise, air quality and flood risk. 

 

The Environmental Statement will be available to view on Ashfield District Council’s planning portal once the planning application has been submitted.

 

The planning application

Why is the planning application being submitted to both Ashfield District Council and Mansfield District Council?

The majority of the site falls within Ashfield District Council’s boundary, with a small part falling within Mansfield District Council’s boundary. As a result, we propose to submit a planning application to both councils. Ashfield District Council will be the lead determining authority.

 

Transport

What about the impact of the proposed development on traffic on Cauldwell Road?

An independent Transport Assessment has been carried out which has considered the impact of the proposal. Detailed discussions with the Local Highway Authority (Nottinghamshire County Council) have taken place to agree key parameters of the Transport Assessment.

The Assessment has found that there will be no negative impact from traffic generated by the development on the local road network. The Transport Assessment will be submitted with the planning application and full details of the surveys will be available on the Ashfield District Council planning portal.

But what about the impact on the A60/Cauldwell Road junction? 

The A60 Junction is in line for an upgrade to a signal-controlled junction as part of the Lindhurst scheme. The impact of the proposed development at this junction is considered in further detail in the Transport Assessment.

What about the impact on traffic to the west of the site at Derby Road?

The Transport Assessment has shown that the impact of the proposal at Derby Road would be limited.

Does the Transport Assessment take account of the impact on traffic in future years from the Lindhurst scheme as well?

Yes, the Transport Assessment includes a future year assessment (2033) which takes account of the combined impact on the road network of other proposed developments, including the Lindhurst scheme.

Design / construction

Do you have a developer in mind to build the new homes if you get planning permission?

Currently, a house builder is not involved with the application. A house builder would become involved once planning permission is granted and they would be responsible for building the new homes on site.

So the development won’t look like the plans you are submitting because a house builder isn’t working on the application?

The proposal comprises two elements, a Full Planning Application for the provision of highways and drainage infrastructure, and an Outline Planning Application which covers residential development landscaping and infrastructure.

The Outline Planning Application is to establish the principle of development on the site, for instance, the maximum number of houses to be developed.

If planning permission is granted, a further application will be needed, called a Reserved Matters Application. This will most likely be brought forward by a house builder and will set out all the details of the design, including what the houses will look like.

However, this is not a standard planning application and will be submitted with an Environmental Impact Assessment, due to the size of the site and its location near to other proposed developments. This Assessment has been informed by a range of technical assessments including flood risk and drainage, transport, ecology and ground conditions surveys and assessments, and sets the parameters for the development going forward. As a result, while a Reserved Matters application may be made at a later stage, parameters will have already been set by the Environmental Assessment.

 

Will any bungalows be included in the development?

The current proposal is for outline planning permission. The housing mix will be decided at the time of the Reserved Matters application.

The placement of the play area is quite close to the busy main road. Is there a more suitable place for this?

The existing hedgerow boundary along Cauldwell Road will be kept where possible. It will be replaced where necessary with new native hedgerows or fencing to allow good visibility at road junctions. These will form a robust and attractive boundary between the play area and Cauldwell Road and ensure children’s safety.

The boundary details and the age-range suitability of the play and social areas will be considered when the masterplan is further developed at the Reserved Matters stage.

What route will the diverted public footpath take?

The existing footpath route goes down the embankment of Sherwood Way, and crosses a fast two-way main road, then up the embankment on the other side. As a result, it is a potentially dangerous crossing point and difficult for people with mobility impairments to use.

The proposal is to change this so it goes towards the controlled crossing between Sherwood Way and Nottingham Road, to allow a safer pedestrian route to the south. The existing access point at the north of the site would be kept and the footpath would then be diverted through public open space and alongside the Sustainable Urban Drainage area before exiting onto Nottingham Road through an existing field gate. It would then run for a short distance along the footway to meet with the crossing point.

If planning permission is granted, a further application will be required, called a Reserved Matters Application. This will most likely be brought forward by a house builder and would include the final layout of the site including the public footpath.

Ecology

Will the development affect wildlife on the site?

 

An Ecological Review of the site has been undertaken and the site has been identified as having a low ecological value.

The proposal for the site includes retained and enhanced hedgerows, woodland tree planting, and landscaping, which together with the public open space will help to create biodiverse rich areas as well as being visually attractive for residents.

 

The Ecological Review will be submitted with the planning application and will be available on the Ashfield District Council planning portal.

Local Infrastructure

What about the impact on education and health services?

The Environmental Impact Assessment, which is being prepared to support this application, includes a detailed assessment of the current education capacity. We have worked with Nottinghamshire County Council (the Education Authority) to ensure we are using the most up-to-date figures. In addition, a new primary school is planned as part of the nearby Lindhurst development.

The application will also be submitted with a Draft Section 106 Agreement, a legally binding document, outlining the contributions to be made to local services, including education and healthcare provision. This agreement will evolve through consultation with service providers, including the Education Authority and NHS Trust. The service providers will ultimately calculate what contributions are required from the development to accommodate new people in the area. These consultation responses will be publicly available during the application.