All planning decisions in Southwell are the responsibility of the Planning Department at Newark & Sherwood District Council. The Southwell Town Council Planning Committee meets monthly and reviews every relevant application submitted to Newark & Sherwood Planners. The committee has no legal standing, but it ensures that Newark & Sherwood is aware of all Southwell Town Council’s concerns, particularly regarding flood risk and compliance with the Neighbourhood Plan.
In Southwell, planning is complicated by the relatively large conservation area and a high number of listed buildings. Flooding is also a major consideration, particularly if the application is for a large development.
Any significant work proposed on a house requires planning permission, particularly if it is listed, in a conservation area or both. Planning Officers from Newark & Sherwood District Council are the final arbiters on this. Their advice can be sought prior to plans being submitted or if there is any doubt about a project. Contrary to what many may think, Planning Officers are there to help and advise.
Southwell Town Council’s Planning Committee has 10 members reviewing around 10-15 applications each month. The Committee is always happy to discuss ideas and plans with residents prior to lodging a full application with Newark & Sherwood District Council.