‘Green’ for growth but with housing

Marshalls Yard EMN-140527-115956001
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A “20 year vision” for West Lindsey sees housing central to economic growth, but the district council plans to hit developers with a new levy.

The draft document spoke of businesses “fully embracing Green technologies” with West Lindsey being a “Green District Where People want to Work, Live and Visit.”

“Given the rural nature of the district, there are particular opportunities for our land-based and manufacturing businesses to take advantage of renewables such as wind, biomass, ground-source heating, solar and other technologies,” it said.

“Housing growth also offers further opportunities within low carbon construction and green energy.”

The Economic Growth Strategy will work alongside the council’s Corporate Plan as well as its Local Plan.

“It is housing-led growth which underpins West Lindsey’s economic growth strategy, with the rationale that attracting more people to the area will create the demand for more services and goods which will in-turn attract more businesses and organisations to supply these needs, thereby improving employment opportunities and increasing productivity,” the strategy report said.

“The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be developed alongside the Local Plan, allowing the local planning authorities to charge new development for infrastructure which will support growth such as roads, schools and community facilities,” said another section.

Members supported the report, but a re-draft will see greater recognition of tourism in West Lindsey.

They cited attractions like Hemswell Cliff, the Gateway to the Wolds and ancient churches.

Forming a new tourism-related sub-committee or working party will also be looked at.

“Let members get their teeth into tourism again,” said Coun Malcolm Parish.

While the report spoke of Lincolnshire as Britain’s food bowl, Coun Jessie Milne, noted having no Local Plan was fuelling development.

“More and more productive farmland is going to housing,” which will hit Britain’s ability to feed itself. Why are we allowing this to happen?” she said.