Jus•t – Jacksdale, Underwood, Selston – tomorrow

Selston Neighbourhood Plan is adopted!

YES votes 1860, NO votes 295.

Thursday 12th Oct saw the Parish Referendum vote the Neighbourhood Plan in by 86% in favour!

The Neighbourhood Plan has been formally adopted, and this means that it is there to protect the principles our Parish feels are important as new houses are built. Thank you to the voters of Selston Parish for taking the time to read up and understand the Neighbourhood Plan. The JUSt team were at the count and it was amazing to see vote after vote counted and marked “Yes”!
We left the count on cloud nine!

Thank you also to everyone, who supported us over the 4 years it took us to develop the plan. This includes people, who posted our leaflets, Parish councillors, who helped at public consultations, ADC planning department for their guidance, professional bodies, who gave us advice and everyone who ever responded to a questionnaire, or who attended our consultations.

Just group

The JUSt team, Stuart Fletcher, Lisa Simpson, Jane Banks, Dawn Justice and Alison Rayner.


*JUS-T Neighbourhood Plan –
Referendum 12th Oct 2017*

We are pleased to announce that a referendum relating to the adoption the Selston Neighbourhood Plan (known as the JUS-t Neighbourhood Plan) will be held on 12th October 2017.

The question to be asked in the Referendum is:

“Do you want Ashfield District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Selston to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

You will soon be receiving polling cards with more information.

Click here to see a copy of the Decision Statement





Local communities have the right (under the Localism Act 2011) to create their own Neighbourhood Plan which gives them the opportunity to influence where a significant proportion of houses could be located in their area and what local benefits these could bring.

In April 2016, after completing their Draft Preferred Approach public consultations, Ashfield District Council has greatly decreased the number of houses required in Selston Parish from the previous estimate of 750 – 1000 new homes to under 500 over a 15 year period. The majority of these houses would be built within what is currently green belt land, as there are only a few brown field sites available. What will this mean for our schools, medical services, transport etc?

Selston Parish Council has spearheaded the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, and a steering group has been established to develop the Plan, with the help of professional planners. The Plan is made through consultation with the residents of the parish area.

This group, which is made up of local residents  is now named jus-t, (reflecting the villages of Jacksdale & Westwood, Underwood & Bagthorpe and Selston, New Selston & Jubilee) and is responsible for the development of the Plan.

The Plan will take into account the views of local people with regard to a wide range of subjects, ie housing, retail, business, education, leisure, medical services etc. To view our Draft Plan (July 2016) click here

This is a big undertaking, as we are the largest parish in the country. However, it is also a great opportunity for local people to make decisions about issues which are important to us, rather than having those decisions imposed on us.

We have managed to obtain grant funding that helps towards the cost of developing the Plan and meant that we have been able to engage the services of a Planning Consultant and an Urban Design Consultant.

We have already held local consultations in each of the three villages, please see our latest Consultation Statements. We will be consulting further in a variety of ways and adding more statements. Look out for the jus-t logo on posters, flyers etc in places around our parish.

We have completed a services and facilities study looking at what services are available within the Parish and how far residents need to travel to access these ie. health services, education, transport, retail etc.

During Nov and Dec 2014 every household within the Parish was hand delivered a survey asking for views on the Parish with regard to where houses should be built, the types of houses, the impact on services and facilities etc.

Just A5 4pp Questionnaire

The results of the questionnaire survey plus details on our Core Objectives were printed in the Summer 2015 edition of Community News. Click here to see the results!


Community News June 2015

Our Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, finalised in April 2016, has been produced in order to comply with European directive 2001/42/EC concerning Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). All land-use plans likely to have effects upon the environment are required to undergo this SEA process.
The report also includes assessments of social and economic criteria alongside the environmental, which widens it to a full sustainability appraisal (SA). The report is therefore a requirement of legislation.

Scoping Report

Scoping Report

The Townscape Place Analysis study we have commissioned with Urban Forward Ltd, looks at the character and identity of our parish and provides evidence to support the policies in our plan that relate to the built environment.

Place Analysis Appendix E front cover

Place Analysis Appendix E

The Development Site Appraisal we have commissioned with Urban Forward Ltd has been produced to support the potential development of four key areas within the parish should they come forward for development, so that they maximise the opportunities to contribute positively to making our parish a better place.

Site Appraisal front cover

Development site appraisals

Our Neighbourhood Plan is required to be shaped by the views of the local community, landowners and businesses that have in interest in the Parish and its future development. Our plan is at draft stage and can be viewed here.

Draft Plan

JUS-T Draft Neighbourhood Plan (July 2016)

To comment on it we have produced a questionnaire that includes the relevant sections to help you answer the questions at the end. To see a copy click here.

Pre submission consultation questionnaire

Pre Submission 6 week consultation questionnaire



JUSt final screening report front cover March 2017

Ashfield District Council has undertaken a Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report of the Pre Submission Consultation Neighbourhood Plan.  After consultation with the relevant statutory agencies (the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England) the Council has determined that a strategic environmental assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan is not required as it is not likely to have significant environmental effects.

As such, it is the opinion of Ashfield District Council that the Selston Parish Council JUS-T Neighbourhood Plan is in accordance with the provisions of European Directive 2001/42/EC as incorporated into United Kingdom law by the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

To view the Screening Report click here

For further information please see the attached notice;

SEA Notice

•           Selston Parish Council JUS-T Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report Notice



To view our latest documents (March 2017) please click on the images below:

Jus-t Neighbourhood Plan - Submission versionJus-t Consultation StatementJus-t Basic conditions statement Jan 17

If you’d like to see our statutory consultees please click here

If you would like to know more then please ring the parish office on 01773 812012 or email contact@jus-t.co.uk.

Jane Banks  (Chair Neighbourhood Steering Group)

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