Making plans for county’s future – now have your say

people across North Kesteven, West Lindsey and the City of Lincoln are being encouraged to get involved in the process of shaping the places where they live, work and visit for the next 20 years.

A major consultation exercise got underway on Monday, July 9, asking residents, businesses and interested parties to make suggestions on the draft local plan, setting the broad framework for development of Central Lincolnshire through to 2031.

The combined planning area of Central Lincolnshire covers the entirety of North Kesteven, West Lindsey and Lincoln, with each local authority working with the county council to establish a cross-boundary response to the big planning decisions affecting where roads, business parks, 42,000 new homes, 140 hectares of new employment land, open spaces and flood defences should go to accommodate a population growth of 86,000 people.

The emerging plan sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and core policies for the future development of the 820 square miles of Central Lincolnshire.

And it is now open for you to pore over and respond to for nine weeks up to September 10.

Key questions for consideration include where to put 18,800 extra homes needed in and around Lincoln over the next 20 years and where 140 hectares of employment land would fit, plus roads, rail and transport infrastructure.

Gainsborough is put forward to take 10,000 more homes in three areas and scope is being made for a further 9,500 to be spread across the rural communities of West Lindsey and North Kesteven.

Coun Burt Keimach, chairman of the joint planning committee devising this long-term framework, said it was important that everyone within Central Lincolnshire familiarised themselves with the draft plan as it would have far reaching effects on the way they live for a generation.

Copies of the draft core strategy are available for inspection online at www.central-lincs.org.uk, at City of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, at West Lindsey District Council, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, all libraries within Central Lincolnshire including mobile libraries, and WLDC area offices in Market Rasen and Caistor. All representations, including support objections and alternative suggestions, should be made in writing.

Forms are available for download at www.central-lincs.org.uk or call 01522 699013/ 01529 308084.