Have your say on Local Plan

Roger Gambba-Jones
Roger Gambba-Jones

Residents in South Holland are being invited to have their say on where new homes, businesses and roads should be built over the next 20 years.

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 up until 2036, including the provision of some 18,000 dwellings.

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

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, a public consultation is being held from January 8 to February 19 which will see a series of ‘drop-in’ exhibition events held across the area.

Residents and business representatives are invited to come along and have their say on a variety of topics, including housing site options for towns and villages and where facilities such as schools, GP surgeries and open space should be located in order to support the new homes. This will help determine which sites are most suitable for development.

The Local Plan will also help to determine sites for future business use, to assist in the creation of the 17,000 jobs needed in South East Lincolnshire.

Other proposals concern the delivery of the Spalding Western Relief Road and the Boston Distributor Road.

This stage of the Local Plan is about involving local communities in making choices from many options – and, as yet, no firm decisions have been made on where growth will happen.

Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Local Plan which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination in late 2016.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and current Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: “The new Local Plan is going shape the future growth of South East Lincolnshire, so it’s vitally important that people have their say on the proposals.

“The plan will identify opportunities for growth and set out guidance on the development that will be permitted and where it will go.

“So please don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to be involved in shaping our area’s future.”

The draft Local Plan and Policies Map are available to inspect at:

• www.southeastlincslocalplan.org;

• at each council’s offices; and

• at any libraries in the area

There will be permanent exhibitions at Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR and at Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE during the consultation period between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm.

The Policies Map Insets show whether any new development is planned in your area.

A list of the drop-in sessions is below. If you would like to have your say on the Local Plan but can’t attend any of the events, you can write to: South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 8QR; or email southeastlincslocalplan@sholland.gov.uk

The deadline for responses is 5pm on February 19.

Drop-in sessions take place at the following dates/venues between 3.30pm and 7.30pm:

• Swineshead Village Hall, North End and Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street on Wednesday, January 13.

• Wyberton Parish Hall, London Road and Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre, Bridge Road on Friday, January 15.

• Old Leake Community Centre, Furlongs Lane and Long Sutton Market House, Market Street on Monday, January 18.

• Kirton Town Hall, Station Road on Wednesday, January 20.

• Butterwick Village Hall, Church Road and Donington Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street on Friday, January 22.

• Sutterton Village Hall, Park Avenue on Monday, January 25.

• Gedney Hill Memorial Hall, Hill Gate on Tuesday, January 26.

• Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane, on Thursday, January 28.

• Surfleet Village Hall, Station Road on Tuesday, February 2.

• Crowland British Legion Hall, Broadway on Friday, February 5.

• South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding on Tuesday, February 9 (from 11am – 3pm).

• Cowbit Village Hall, Barrier Bank on Wednesday, February 10.