West Lindsey District Council has approved the Riseholme Neighbourhood plan at Full Council on Monday, 14th November, making it the fourth plan to be adopted in the district.
It means the Riseholme community can ensure planning applications are developed in line with what residents want as this is now taking into consideration as part of the planning process.
As previously reported, Riseholme Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, which is made up of residents, spent two years working together to carefully shape the document. They undertook a significant amount of public consultation before officially handing it over to the council in July.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document, produced by a community, designed to enable local people to have a greater say in how their community develops in the future.
The Riseholme Neighbourhood Plan outlines policies for particular planning issues such as the location and type of future housing, protection of the surrounding environment, landscape character and the historic environment and seeks to enhance connectivity through improved and new public rights of way.
Cllr. Giles McNeill, who represents Riseholme and is a member of the Planning Committee, welcomed the news. He said:
“I’m tremendously pleased that colleagues voted unanimously to formally adopt the Riseholme neighbourhood development plan. The fact that these plans are made on a statutory basis, unlike any previous plan at a parish level, gives them the real bite. Lots of people from across the community has worked for over two years to deliver this plan their combined efforts are much appreciated.”
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