WLDC sticks with joint district plan

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West Lindsey District Council has voted to press ahead with the Central Lincolnshire District Plan, despite opposition from campaigners.

Councillors yesterday received a 550-signature petition from residents around the Lincoln fringe, who want West Lindsey to produce its own plan.

The protesters say the current joint plan with neighbouring councils, including the City of Lincoln, will lead to too much development around their villages.

But councillors voted to back the current plan, with minor amendments, which should lead to Central Lincolnshire producing its own plan by the end of 2016.

The vote also followed a council report from chief executive Manjeet Gill, which also warned it would not be legally possible for West Lindsey to produce its own plan as the council no longer had the planning powers it needed to do this.

West Lindsey District Council had called an Extraordinary General Meeting at the Epic centre near Lincoln, to debate the issue, as well as stage a public consultation event on the plan. The consultation event started at 4pm, which attracted several hundred people, with the meeting beginning at 6.30pm, and lasting until well after 10pm.

Council leader Jeff Summers today welcomed the vote saying he believed that residents questions had been answered fully.

But some councillors ‘do not grasp’ what the council is trying to achieve.

Coun Summers says by producing a joint-plan by the end of 2016, the council will have the planning tools to better resist development.

If the council had gone it alone, developing a plan would have taken a year or two longer, during which it “would be open season for developers to fill up fields with houses.”

Consultation on the initial draft plan continues until November 11, though council officers are looking at allowing some submissions after then.