The next phase of the Central Lincolnshire District Plan has been delayed by two months, but West Lindsey District Council says it should still meet its 2016 target.
The council says the delay is because it needs to consider additional evidence and to allow for easier consultation. This evidence includes the latest national and census data from Government, which had been delayed. During previous consultations there had also been feedback from parish councils and others expressing difficulties with consultation over peak holiday periods.
The second draft is currently being prepared but is now set to be completed and released in September, as opposed to July.
The first draft, released last October, had proposed 25,000-47,000 houses be built across Central Lincolnshire in the years 2016 to 2036.
However, that first draft dealt with the policies behind the plan but did not identify sites for development.
Potential land allocations and re-drafted policies will appear in this next draft, which a council spokeswoman says is “the biggest and most controversial part of the process”.
West Lindsey, North Kesteven and City of Lincoln councils are jointly developing the plan, which will then be put to further consultation, through meetings and other events across the three districts.
Coun Jeff Summers, Chairman of of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan, said: “As the new chairman of the central Lincolnshire joint planning committee I am well aware of the importance of the next 12 months. Most importantly I can report we are on target to complete for submission in 2016 and we have also met our financial budget.
“Since the last round of consultation an extensive range of work has been carried out, both considering all responses and committing to further work in preparation for the next consultation period. This will take place during October and November 2015. Copies of the new document will be available earlier allowing people more time to consider the report prior to making their representations.
“When complete the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan will provide a cross border integrated strategy for all our structural needs for three districts. This will include housing, economic development and infrastructure,” he said.
All of these are subject to consultation. There will be a final draft consultation next Spring following any changes made as a result of this autumn’s round of consultation. After the final consultation next year, the plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for public examination later in 2016.