Council to Hold Special Public Meeting to Consult on the Future Central Lincolnshire Preliminary Draft Local Plan

West Lindsey District Council is holding a consultation event and council meeting with the public at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground to help shape the Local Plan. In the spirit of the council’s values of engagement, it wants to hear the public’s views on where they feel growth is most appropriate, to ensure it has the right housing, infrastructure and business sites to meet future needs of residents. The council would like to encourage residents and parishes to attend this meeting, as this is important to positively inform future growth. The consultation event will start at 4pm on Wednesday, 22nd October 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 has been specially convened to enable a discussion on how to ensure the Local Plan is produced in a timely manner and reflects where growth is needed in West Lindsey. Councillors will also look at how the council handles the increasing number of high volume applications in the Lincoln fringe area as a result of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 and National Planning Policy Guidance 2014 that introduced a presumption in favour of sustainable development and required councils to have a five year supply of land for housing It will also consider a petition from residents in Saxilby about their concerns and views following a recent planning application that was refused by the council’s Planning Committee. Conservative Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. 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.”

Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition, Cllr. 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”.

Chief Executive Manjeet Gill added:

“All group leaders empathise with the concerns of the residents they represent, and seek a way in which the council can have a full debate and allow the public to ask questions on what is a complex matter”. “This meeting, and other public consultation meetings, seeks to positively engage with the public and respond to their questions.”