If you care about where you live, work, study or spend your leisure time, the preparation of the ‘New Local Plan’ will be important to you.
South Kesteven District Council wants to hear your views on how you would like to see the area developed over the next 20 years.
The feedback will help inform the Local Plan which will set out a vision for the district and include the policies and proposals that will be used to make sure that the area is developed in the right way.
This means building the right number and types of houses, developing the right kind of shopping and recreation facilities, getting the right office and industrial spaces, creating opportunities for local jobs and protecting our wildlife, landscapes and heritage.
Coun Frances Cartwright, Cabinet portfolio holder responsible for planning, said: “This is the public’s first opportunity under the new guidance, to have their say on how they want the place where they live to develop in the future. We want to work with local people to ensure that the plan reflects their views.”
The Plan is being prepared because of a change in government legislation and will bring together policies and proposals in the Core Strategy, the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Documents and address issues raised by evidence and consultation about the Grantham Area Action Plan.
It will also include new policies and proposals required by the National Policy Framework.
Coun Cartwright added: “This consultation provides an opportunity for early engagement with local communities, business, voluntary groups, public organisations and landowners and I encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.”
Once it has been completed, the Local Plan will be used to help us decide whether to grant applications for planning permission.
Evidence already gathered has identified the following key issues which are important to the future of the district:
• The right amount and type of new homes needed to meet future requirements
• The need for affordable housing
• Balancing new homes with the creation of new jobs
• Creating sustainable developments in terms of location, design and construction
• The impact of new housing on the existing infrastructure
• Peoples health and wellbeing and the need to access open space
The consultation opens on Friday, January 23, and closes six weeks later on Friday, March 6.
SKDC has also prepared a Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) (SA/SEA) Scoping Report which is published for comment alongside the consultation paper. Both documents can be viewed and downloaded from the council website using the following link:
The link will go live at the start of the consultation on Friday, January 23. Consultation responses should focus on the questions asked in the consultation paper using either the consultation form or the consultation portal, both of which can be accessed using the same link.
Paper copies can also be accessed free of charge at the district council’s main offices at St Peter’s Hill, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 5.15pm, on Wednesday from 8.45am to 4pm, and on Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
The forms are also available from the local libraries, with the address details and opening times available from Lincolnshire County Council’s website www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
If you wish to comment on the consultation paper or the SA/SEA Scoping Report please ensure that you response is received by the council by 4.30pm on Friday, March 6 2015.