Have your say on the future development of our district

Market Rasen proposed development sites
Market Rasen proposed development sites
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All the areas highlighted in red on this map of Market Rasen could be developed as part of a plan to increase housing over the next 16 years.

The red areas represent sites landowners would not mind being developed for housing and employment.

And now a consultation is under way to find out what the public thinks.

It is all part of a ‘core strategy’ by Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, made up of West Lindsey District Council, City of Lincoln Council and North Kesteven District Council.

The ‘core strategy’ is a document setting out how the three areas should developed over the next 20 years.

It highlights a need for 48,000 homes and 26,000 jobs within the next 16 years, along with infrastructure improvements.

In rural areas - West Lindsey and North Kesteven with the exception of Gainsborough and Sleaford - there must be 9,500 new homes built.

Planner Luke Brown said there were several stages in the process and finding out residents’ issues was highly important.

He said: “It’s all about trying to engage local people and get them involved.

“Any issues they have can be built into the plan.

“It’s best to get out an ask what people think but they can’t just say ‘we don’t want any development’.

“It’s important for regeneration.

“If the people of Market Rasen feel there’s a need for better leisure facilities, developers can make a contribution.”

Eventually, a final plan will be drawn up of all the areas that are allowed to be developed.

Developers will only be able to build on land named in the document.

The final document will have to be approved by central government.

This is due to take place in 2016.

Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee chairman Coun Ric Metcalfe said: “This is a long-term plan to give people the jobs and homes they need in communities that are self-sufficient with all their needs for transport, goods and services met.

“We want the public’s understanding and support for what we are trying to do and we hope people will take the broader view that we take about the benefits that managed growth can bring.”

The ‘core strategy’, approved at a meeting on July 8, has five main themes: creating a sustainable area, tackling climate change, growth in central Lincolnshire, flourishing communities and places and providing a quality environment.

For more information go to central-lincs.org.uk.

A public meeting to discuss the latest proposals - including plans for Caistor, Claxby, Walesby and Middle Rasen - will take place at Market Rasen Festival Hall on Monday, July 22 from 6pm to 8pm. Alternatively, to have your say on the plans by visit surveys.n-kesteven.gov.uk/growing/growing.htm.

The consultation will run until September 16.