New home sites are put forward

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Future developments have been earmarked across East Lindsey - with 179 news homes set for Sibsey.

The allocation has been made in East Lindsey District Council’s draft Local Plan which was tabled at the authority’s planning policy committee on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Stickney can expect 24 new properties and Mareham le Fen 70.

Every authority in the country has to produce a plan, which effectively will shape future development in the district from when it is adopted up to 2031.

In Sibsey, land to the rear of Sibsey House on the east of the A16 has been given an allocation of 140 new homes - reduced from a capacity of 469. Elsewhere, land to the rear of Tregarthen House on the west of the A16 has an allocation of five homes, while land to the rear of Page Close, west of the A16 has a capacity for 34 new properties.

In Stickney two sites have been proposed for allocation, including an area west of the A16 (nine new properties) and also land off the Main Road (15 properties).

In Mareham le Fen, the petrol filling station South of Main Street has been allocated a capacity of three new homes, the disused Moat Farmyard on Watery Lane has an allocation of 35 properties, and agricultural land south of Main Street has been earmarked for 32 properties.

During the meeting a warning was sounded that ELDC needs to be urgent in completing its Local 
Plan.

It is one of 62 councils in the country that has so far failed to deliver on what is a Whitehall requirement.

Chairman Coun Richard Fry said: “There are time constraints - If we don’t do it, someone will come in and do it for us.”

The authority already has a Local Plan, published in 1995, but it now needs to be replaced - by ‘early next year’ at the latest - because it is out of date. Its successor will provide pointers to how the district needs to develop across a spectrum of activities from employment to housebuilding.

According to the draft, the proposed figure of new homes, district-wide, over the next 15 years is put at 7,815, but the district council is keen to protect small/medium-sized villages from large developments.

The intention is for the draft Local Plan to be submitted shortly firstly to the council’s cabinet, then full council. Assuming they both rubberstamp it, it will then be put out to public consultation over summer in readiness to reach pre-submission stage by November.