Have your final say on future of South Kesteven
A final round of public consultation on South Kesteven’s Local Plan has started.
The plan, which was approved by the district council’s Cabinet and full council, seeks to build more than 15,000 new homes across South Kesteven by 2036.
This latest version takes account of public comments made during extensive consultation last summer that resulted in more than 800 written responses.
This round of consultation, which is more formal, runs until July 23, ahead of the plan being submitted to the Secretary of State.
Comments can be made on SKDC’s website www.southkesteven.gov.uk and the plan can be viewed at council offices across the district and at libraries. Respondents are urged to use the online response form.
SKDC will send the Local Plan, plus any final valid public comments received, to the Secretary of State who will appoint a Planning Inspector to hold an Examination in Public, probably in the Grantham area.
The Local Plan sets out the framework for housing and economic growth until 2036 but will be subject to review every five years. There is also a proposal for a Supplementary Planning Document on Good Design and it contains important policies for conserving the natural and historic environment.
The plan sets out an initial target of building 625 new homes a year in the district, which replaced a central government requirement of 785 homes a year.
SKDC Cabinet member for economy and development, Coun Mike King, said: “Work on the Local Plan began in 2015 and there has been wide consultation.
“The majority of new housing development is earmarked for Grantham, including the Garden Village, but we are also proposing significant housing areas on the north side of Stamford and the east side of Market Deeping.
“We have managed to keep our target provision of 625 new homes a year across the district for now, despite Government pressure to increase it still further.”