Last minute appeal over Central Lincolnshire District Plan

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A last-minute appeal has gone out over the Central Lincolnshire District Plan.

West Lindsey District and neighbouring councils are seeking comments by November 11 for the blueprint that will guide regional planning for the next 20 years.

The plan will also help determine where the councils will site the 25,000-47,000 houses they say Central Lincolnshire will need by 2036.

The councils have staged consultation events across Central Lincolnshire, including Market Rasen and Caistor.

West Lindsey District Council also staged a meeting at the EPIC Centre near Lincoln, and an Extraordinary Council Meeting afterwards, where councillors resisted a bid by Lincoln-fringe villagers to go-it-alone and produce its own plan for West Lindsey only.

Now, in the closing days of the initial consultation, the councils seek final comments on how future planning policies will be determined.

“While we are not yet discussing specific sites or numbers, whether it be for development growth or protection, we are seeking to set the framework of the Plan, into which everything else will fit, and that must be right and responsive,” said Coun Marion Brighton, chairman of the committee drawing up the joint local plan for central Lincolnshire.

“That is why it is so important for people to engage, both at this early stage and throughout, so that they are a part of the process, rather than being apart from it.

“Once set, these will be the policies which will guide the development of Central Lincolnshire for the next 20 years or more, so please don’t let this opportunity go by without you having your say,” she said.

Comments can be sent direct to councils either in writing or online and via the website www.central-lincs.org.uk

Next year, a further draft plan will be produced, which will also go out to consultation, with a final draft to follow.

The aim is to have a plan in place by the end of 2016.