How the district will shape up

A guide to how the Draft Local Plan would affect Sleaford. EMN-150109-151156001
A guide to how the Draft Local Plan would affect Sleaford. EMN-150109-151156001

Sleaford has been identified by the district’s planners to accommodate around 12 per cent of Central Lincolnshire’s growth in homes and employment over the next 20 years.

Under the Draft Local Plan, most will be focused on two large Sustainable Urban Extensions.

The South Quadrant, east of London Road would comprise around 1,450 homes and have a local centre with health centre, community centre, five retail units, nursery school, pub, care home and start-up offices, plus a two-form entry primary school, sports pitchs and pavilion and allotments. Up to a further 1,900 homes could be on allocated land south of Quarrington in the future if demand requires.

The West Quadrant, west of Drive Lane, would have up to 1,600 homes accessed from the A15 as well as from Covel Road, Stokes Drive and St Denys’ Avenue. There would also be a local retail and community centre with healthcare facility, employment land and premises, two-form entry primary school and a secondary school. It would also support an east-west leisure link between green ‘wedges’ of the town.

Coun Richard Wright, one of NKDC’s representatives on the joint planning committee, said: “Population growth is inevitable and it is essential that we plan for it. If we want good, strong communities, attractive places to live and a vibrant economy, we have to plan for it.”

He added: “It’s not a plan to just stick houses across Central Lincolnshire.” He said the plans potentially would create 12,000 new jobs, new roads, schools, shops, health and leisure facilities.

He added: “It is recognised that villages also need a degree of measured growth to flourish and each one has a recommended level of development set out.”

These include land in three locations earmarked at Navenby Top Farm, Winton Road and High Dyke (203 homes) and land north west of Metheringham (276 new homes). Another 514 homes have been allocated for land in Billinghay at Mill Lane, Park Lane, West Street, Mill Lane and The Whyche. Land opposite the cemetery on Boston Road in Heckington could support 106 new homes, and 466 new homes are allocated in Ruskington for south of Winchelsea Road, Lincoln Road, south of Poplar Close, Whitehouse Road and land north of the village.

There will be a six week period of public consultation in the autumn with events held between 3.15pm and 7.30pm at: The Source, Sleaford October 5; Ruskington Village Hall, October 7; Navenby Methodist Chapel, October 13; Billinghay Village Hall, October 15 and at Heckington Windmill Cafe, October 20.