Have your say on local plan

Coun Peter Bedford
Coun Peter Bedford
Have your say

Residents in South Holland can have their say on preferred sites for development over the next 20 years as part of a month-long consultation starting today (Friday)

A new Local Plan is being prepared for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) to guide the development and use of land in the area up until 2036.

The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is being produced by Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council working in partnership.

Production of the Local Plan is moving towards its final stages and a public consultation is being held from today to Friday, August 12 which will see a series of ‘drop-in’ sessions held across the area.

Residents and business representatives can come along and have their say on preferred sites for new housing, employment and other development to take place over the next two decades.

The Local Plan identifies a need to plan for:

• 18,000 new homes across the area;

• Sites for future business use to assist in the creation of 17,000 jobs that will be needed in South East Lincolnshire;

• New primary and secondary school provision in Boston, Spalding and other settlements.

This is the last chance you will have to comment on the prospective location of such development – if you commented on a specific site during the consultation on the draft Local Plan earlier this year there is no need to do so again as your views have since been considered in reaching the preferred sites stage.

Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the publication version of the Local Plan.

Coun Peter Bedford, chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: “This chance to comment on the preferred sites proposed in the Local Plan is perhaps the most important as it is the last opportunity before it is re-drafted in preparation for its final version for examination by a planning inspector.

“Take the opportunity to get involved in whatever way you can.”

The Policies Map Insets – which indicate the preferred sites for development – as well as the revised settlement hierarchy and housing targets – are available to view at:

www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/consultation; each council’s offices; and any libraries in the area

A list of the drop-in sessions is below. If you would like to have your say on the preferred sites but can’t attend any of the events, you can comment:

Online via the consultation portal at: www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/consultation;

By completing a comments form available to pick up from either council’s offices or any of the area’s libraries;

In writing to: South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 8QR; or by email: southeastlincslocalplan@sholland.gov.uk.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on August 12.

All drop-in events will be taking place between 3.30pm and 7.30pm with the exception of the South Holland Centre event which takes place from 11am to 3pm. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the venues shown below to talk about any town, village or site.

• Donington Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street – Monday, July 18.

• Long Sutton Market House, Market Street – Wednesday, July 20.

• Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane – Thursday, July 21.

• Cowbit Village Hall, Barrier Bank – Monday, July 25.

• Spalding South Holland Centre, Market Place (between 11am and 3pm) – Tuesday, July 26.

• Crowland British Legion Hall, Broadway – Thursday, July 28.

• Gedney Hill Memorial Hall, Hill Gate – Tuesday, August 2.

• Pinchbeck Library, Knight Street – Wednesday, August 3.

• Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre, Bridge Road – Friday, August 5.

• Surfleet Village Hall, Station Road – Monday, August 8.

There will also be permanent exhibitions at the council offices, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE throughout the consultation period during normal office hours.