Epic meeting on housing development this Wednesday

More plans for new homes
More plans for new homes

A high volume of housing development proposals has led West Lindsey District Council to call an Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday.

The council is staging the event, along with an extra consultation meeting, to give people an extra say on the upcoming Central Lincolnshire District Plan.

The move follows residents from Lincoln-fringe villages presenting the council with a petition, demanding West Lindsey produces its own district plan, rather than it producing one in partnership with neighbouring authorities.

The campaigners say West Lindsey going it alone will lead to fewer houses been built in their area, a view disputed by council officials, who say it is too late for West Lindsey to produce its own plan, and any delay would lead more development in these villages.

The consultation event will start at 4pm on Wednesday October 22 at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground. At 6.30pm West Lindsey District Council will then convene an Extraordinary Council meeting to discuss the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.

The meeting will look at how the plan is been developed, how the council is dealing with the many housing proposals and the petition from Saxilby residents.

West Lindsey District Council Leader Coun Jeff Summers said: “All group leaders have collectively agreed that upon receipt of a petition from the parish of Saxilby it was obvious there is a need for a greater understanding of the Central Lincolnshire planning process in relationship to the Local Plan.

“This will form part of our consultation process which will run until 11 November. I urge everyone with an interest in the future development of their community to participate in the consultation process.”

The leader of the opposition, Coun Reg Shore said: “The area needs the right type of growth to cater for both the ageing population and to meet the needs of a range of other groups including younger people, families and single people.

“We need to listen to the community and hear their views on where they feel are the right places for future housing and business growth. Growth is also needed to stimulate investment in Central Lincolnshire, improve the prosperity of existing businesses and encourage other businesses to locate here,” he said.