New South East Lincolnshire Local Plan gets the green light from a Government inspector after 21-month wait
A document that guides all future development in South Holland has been formally approved by a Government inspector.
The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan (SELLP) will be adopted next month by South Holland District Council as a means to decide planning applications from next month
In addition, Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council will also adopt the plan.
The SELLP seeks to identify opportunities for growth, as well as setting out clear policies to guide proposals for new developments across the two authorities until 2036.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "I am delighted to receive the Government Inspector’s final report and looked forward to the Local Plan being adopted.
"This Plan will act as a blueprint for how our communities will be shaped over the next 17 years.
"While housing and infrastructure is of vital importance to where we all live, so is the unique character and beauty of this part of the world.
"So there is a balance to be struck and I believe this Plan does that."
The adoption of the Local Plan, is it is commonly known, comes after four public consultation events held over the past few years across both districts, aimed at informing residents of the production of the Plan.
Alongside that, planning officers from both council areas have collated and considered thousands of comments received from individuals and other interested parties.
The public consultation also allowed residents to air their views in front of an independent Government Inspector who rigorously tested the Plan to ensure that it meets the requirements of national planning policy and is legally compliant.
For more information about the Local Plan and to see the inspector’s final report go to http://www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/