The removal of a proposed new housing and employment development site called ‘Clowne Tomorrow’ from our Core Strategy has been confirmed at a Council meeting today (Wednesday 28th March 2012).
We originally removed the development from the Core Strategy back in December 2010, but developers Waystone provided new evidence on the proposal so we reconsidered the plans. The proposal involved up to 85 hectares of land on the north edge of Clowne and would have seen a mix of housing, employment, leisure and community facilities as well as a new road network.
The scheme was considered by our Planning Committee for inclusion in the Core Strategy but again concerns relating to the site’s connectivity with the existing town; doubts over the feasibility of funding and implementing all the infrastructure required by the development; and the lack of demonstrable need for such a large scheme of employment and housing led the Planning Committee’s decision that the site should still not be included in the Core Strategy.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Dennis Kellysaid, “Although there are benefits to the proposal, we have concerns over the infrastructure needed, and whether the site can be integrated into the existing town. Given these doubts and the lack of need to justify this development for a strategic site, Planning Committee recommended to Council that it is not included in the Core Strategy.
“Waystone have gone to considerable lengths to address our concerns, and whilst we appreciate this we feel that Clowne North would not make a suitable strategic site and after a great deal of careful consideration, the Council have approved the recommendation that it be removed from our Core Strategy.”
The Council’s Core Strategy sets out the vision and objectives to guide change in the District over the next 20 years, highlights the overall levels of housing, employment and other forms of development and sets out the strategies for Bolsover District’s four main towns (Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton).
The Council meeting considered and confirmed the Planning Committee’s recommendation to reaffirm deletion of the site from the Core Strategy. The Strategy will be revised and made available for people to comment upon later this year, before it is finally approved.