Rasen looks set to miss out on the tens of thousands of new homes planned for Central Lincolnshire, according to a preliminary Draft Local Plan.
Instead, half of the homes projected are set for Lincoln and its surrounds, with a further 15 per cent for Gainsborough, 15 per cent for Sleaford, leaving just 20 per cent for elsewhere.
However, Market Rasen, Middle Rasen and Caistor will be a “focus for accommodating the new development away from Lincoln, Sleaford and Lincoln.”
The Draft Local Plan is a joint effort involving West Lindsey District, Lincoln City and North Kesteven District councils.
It aims to set out the planning policies for the three councils over 20 years.
The report says: “Central Lincolnshire will be a location of positive growth. Its city, market towns and many of its villages will see new homes built, new jobs created and improved infrastructure developed. Between 2011 and 2036 Central Lincolnshire will have 25,000-47,4000 new homes meeting the housing needs of our communities. Growth will be focussed at Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough. But villages will not be left behind.”
Villages close to Lincoln have been identified “as the principal locations for significant growth.” They include Dunholme, Nettleton and Welton.
Market Rasen, Middle Rasen and Caistor are also identified as a “focus for accommodating the new development away from Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough.”
However, the preliminary draft also noted Market Rasen “suffers from significant leakage” to larger retail centres.
Members of the three councils will meet to discuss the preliminary draft on September 1, with public consultation due in October.
“What this plan is about at this time is setting the framework for how we intend to identify suitable sites, what sort of sites we are looking for and where. It sets out named settlements where we anticipate the growth to be focused and we welcome contributions from all communities to guide where it is considered most appropriate,” said Marion Brighton, chair of the Central Lincos Joint Strategic Planning Committee.