Taking Caistor forward to 2036

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre EMN-140625-120912001
Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre EMN-140625-120912001

Caistor residents have another chance to have their say on the document that will guide planning in the town for the next 20 years.

A six-week public consultation on the Caistor Neighbourhood Plan has just been launched by West Lindsey District Council.

The plan has been worked on for ‘years’ with involvement from community volunteers, members of the town council and its clerk Helen Pitman.

Caistor was the first town in Lincolnshire to produce such a plan in 2011, after it was chosen as one of 80 UK towns in a government pilot.

Last year, a final draft was submitted to the district council for approval with West Lindsey now launching a final consultation.

After any revisions are made, the plan will go before a planning inspector and if approved it will go to a public referendum around July 2015.

The consultation document contains planning policies, issues and guidelines. If approved by over 50 per cent of voters, it will form the basis of Caistor planning policy

“We haven’t identified any specific sites for development. But development sites should be within 800m of the Market Place,” Mrs Pitman said.

Planning has been an issue in the district because West Lindsey lacks a local plan, so the it has had to rely on saved polices from 2006.

“We are steering what’s happening in Caistor. The plan is approved by the district council. It meets all their guidelines,” she added.

District councillor Alan Caine said: “A lot of work has gone into the development of this plan and once approved, it will be used by the WLDC planning team when considering any applications. It is important people get involved and have their say.”

The draft plan is on the WLDC website and at Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre. Comments must be in by March 20.