Public to have say on new plan

A guide to how the Draft Local Plan would affect Sleaford. EMN-150915-111727001
A guide to how the Draft Local Plan would affect Sleaford. EMN-150915-111727001

A plan that covers housing, jobs, economic and infrastructure growth up until 2036 has been given approval to be consulted upon.

The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee approved the Draft Local Plan at its meeting on Monday, September 7 and gave the go-ahead for a six-week consultation period during October and November.

The document co-ordinates where, when, how and to what extent growth takes place across North Kesteven, West Lindsey and the City of Lincoln and how this will be supported by new and improved roads, schools and employment opportunities.

Key figures include a growth housing target of 36,960 homes over the plan period including more than 4,000 around Sleaford.

Eight large scale developments on the edges of the main areas of Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough will deliver 16,300 homes over the plan period, equal to 44 per cent of the whole growth target.

There is an affordable housing proposal of 725 per annum across Central Lincolnshire and 138 hectares earmarked for employment sites with 11,894 full-time equivalent jobs created. All supported by improved roads, schools, open spaces, leisure facilities and health facilities.

Consultation dates are now set for residents to view and discuss proposals: October 5 from 3.15-7.30pm – The Source, Sleaford; October 7 from 3.15-7.30pm – Ruskington Village Hall; October 13 from 3.15-7.30pm – Navenby Methodist Chapel; October 15 from 3.15-7.30pm – Billinghay Village Hall; October 20 from 3.15-7.30pm – The Windmill, Heckington.

Coun Marianne Overton, Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents on the Conservative-run North Kesteven District Council, said: “This plan is far better and there are some things people will want to support, such as a cap enabling some villages to resist disproportionate developments, unless local people want more.

“This revised plan is better, but still has the same fundamental flaw. The plan encourages massive housing development, but without credible plans for matching jobs, roads, schools and health care. There are estimates for how many jobs would be needed, and how much money for the extra school places, health care, hospitals and road space, but no expectation of funding it all. Developers cannot and will not provide so much and nor will government.”

She said the housing numbers were still unaffordably high: “Better to concentrate on getting the money in first, with lower more realistic estimates of economic growth, then match the houses we actually need.”