Parishes and local communities are being reminded to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan for their locality, under Government legislation.
According to South Kesteven District Council, neighbourhood planning is important as it enables communities to create policies and proposals which influence the form of development in their area.
At present, there are two adopted Neighbourhood Plans in South Kesteven at Stubton and Hough on the Hill which have been in place since 2015.
Other neighbourhood groups are making good progress on their plans too and some are at quite advanced stages with the Foston Neighbourhood Plan recently published for consultation www.southkesteven.gov.uk/fostonplan and other groups are not far behind.
There has also been a recent increase in new neighbourhood areas getting designated, including one multi-parish area ‘Aveland’, which is made up of four parishes in the Aveland Ward.
The district council is now encouraging communities to be involved and take advantage of opportunities such as the current consultation on the Foston Neighbourhood Plan.
More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found at www.southkesteven.gov.uk or by contacting Planning Policy at SKDC on 01476 406080.