Officials pleased with consultation events on Local Plan for development in Central Lincolnshire

The public visit the consultation event in Sleaford at The Source. EMN-151010-155340001
The public visit the consultation event in Sleaford at The Source. EMN-151010-155340001
  • Central Lincolnshire Draft Local Plan broken down: ○ Total housing growth – 36,960 over 25 years ○ Annual target across Central Lincolnshire – 1,540, 725 of them proposed as affordable ○ Already approved or built – 9,085 houses ○ Housing growth is needed to support projected jobs growth and population change and to maintain existing services ○ Infrastructure needs are built into the vision – new schools, roads, doctors etc ○ 44 per cent of overall growth, 16,300 homes planned for the edges of Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough ○ Sleaford projected to take around 12 per cent of total homes, 3,000-plus in two new large estates ○ Similar number proposed for north of district between Canwick and Bracebridge Heath ○ 138 hectares allocated as key employment sites – around half of it in NK at North Hykeham, Witham St Hughes, Sleaford and the city edge near Skellingthorpe. ○ Jobs creation projected at 11,894.

Officials from North Kesteven District Council have been “very pleased” with the attendance for the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Consultation Evenings so far.

These have included sessions at Skellingthorpe, Sleaford North Hykeham and Ruskington.

According to visitor logs, 65 people attended the event in Skellingthorpe and 30 attended the event in Sleaford at The Source.

Residents came to have a look at the draft plan, which is guiding the location and development of housing, jobs, shops and schools over the next 25 years.

The Draft Local Plan includes sites for allocation to meet the growth targets set out and the procedure used to put forward these potential areas. It also highlights land proposed for protection from development.

Within North Kesteven, most of the growth is planned to be in urban extensions close to Bracebridge Heath, North Hykeham, Sleaford and to the west of Lincoln, with limited growth in villages. There are caps on growth in smaller villages, unless communities call for more growth than is planned.

The council was very pleased with the high level of engagement shown by all residents who attended so far and wishes to remind people that there are many more events being held during October, they say it is important that people attend these events so they can understand what the Central Lincolnshire Plan means to them.

Coun Marion Brighton, Leader of NKDC, said: “These consultation events are only the first of many to come, and we are very happy with the levels of interest show by all those who did attend. Many positive discussions were had and they were incredibly useful in gathering people’s thoughts and opinions. We hope that this level of enthusiasm will be sustained throughout the remaining consultation events and that even more people will wish to attend. We want residents to see this as their plan, for their area, so it is essential that people get involved and help shape the future of their district.”

There is an annual growth target of 1,540 homes per year across the 820 square miles of Central Lincolnshire over the 25-year period, of which 9,085 (24.6 per cent) have already been built or been given permission.

There will be substantial provision of affordable homes, up to half of the target.

Alongside this there are policies to ensure that the infrastructure needed to support this target – roads, schools, healthcare and other amenities – is planned for.

The series of public engagements across Central Lincolnshire continues at:

October 12 from 3.15-7.30pm - The Hammond Centre, Bassingham

October 13 from 2-8pm - Town Hall, Caistor

October 13 from 3.15-7.30pm - Navenby Methodist Chapel

October 13 from 4-7.30pm - Committee Rooms 1 and 2, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln

October 14 from 3.15-7.30pm - Washingborough Community Centre

October 15 from 3-6.30pm - Croft Street Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln

October 15 from 3.15-7.30pm - Billinghay Village Hall

October 20 from 3.15-7.30pm - The Windmill, Heckington

October 21 from 3.15-7.30pm - Bracebridge Heath Methodist Church

October 22 from 3-6.30pm - Generate (previously Birchwood Youth Centre), Larchwood Crescent, Lincoln

October 26 from 3-6.30pm - St Giles Community Centre, Swift Gardens, Lincoln

November 6, 2-8pm - St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall, Cherry Willingham

November 7, 10am-1pm – Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln

The formal consultation period runs from October 15 to November 26.

See www.central-lincs.org.uk for more details or attend any of the events.