Time running out to have your say on Local Plan for development across district

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There is less than a week for North Kesteven residents to have their say on a Local Plan shaping how central Lincolnshire will develop over the next 25 years.

Residents are being urged to have their say on the Further Draft Local Plan before the current consultation period comes to an end on November 25.

The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) is consulting on its proposals for the area that covers City of Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey. Included in the document are new homes, jobs, roads, schools and other local facilities up to 2036.

A series of information events has taken place but people can still give their feedback on the plan, either in writing or online, before 11.59pm on Wednesday, November 25.

Coun Jeff Summers, chairman of the CLJSPC and Leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: “Officers and councillors have enjoyed the face to face debate with hundreds of residents across the joint area.

“Having large maps available for people to look at is a great aid for all whilst analysing community design in detail.

“The importance of producing a plan for growth whilst protecting and enhancing communities is paramount.

“We will no doubt be making some changes to the wording of the plan following this consultation period but I am now very confident we have a document which will deliver our aspirations for growth, social need and employment. Thank you for your assistance.”

The Local Plan aims to preserve what is special about the areas while planning for an increasing population and changes in lifestyle and ensuring that roads, schools, shops and other facilities are provided for.

Key figures include:

* An overall growth target of 36,960 – including 3,005 homes already built and 6,080 given permission

* Developments on the urban edges of Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford that could deliver 16,300 homes (44 per cent) of the growth target. This includes around 4,300 homes for Sleaford, plus limited expansion targets for some of the larger, sustainable villages, such as Billinghay.

* A total of 122.7 hectares of employment sites split between six areas

* A target of 11,894 full-time equivalent jobs, based on an Economic Needs Assessment

Copies of the Further Draft Local Plan are available at council offices, libraries and community access points. They can also be downloaded from the website, www.central-lincs.org.uk

For more information please visit www.central-lincs.org.uk or follow @talkplanning on Twitter.