A plan that will guide and shape homes, jobs and communities in Central Lincolnshire up to 2036 was launched this week (Monday 12 June).
The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan covers the authority areas of Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey. It has been three years in the making with extensive research, consultation and an examination in public by Government Inspectors leading to its adoption.
The area – 820 square miles – has a combined population of 310,000 and projections are that this will grow by a further 20% up to 2036.
In the plan, the need for 36,960 homes over a 25-year period is identified, with almost half of these set to be ‘affordable.’ Around 25 per cent have already been built or given permission since 2012.
Sixty-four per cent will be in the broader Lincoln area, with the rest spread equally across Sleaford, Gainsborough and rural areas. A total of 16,300 of the new homes will be built in Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) on eight sites at the edges of Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough.
Alongside this, the plan allows for 138 hectares of space for employment growth, resulting in the creation of 11,894 jobs.
The plan’s objectives can be divided into three key aims – supporting people, improving and safeguarding place, and increasing prosperity for the area and for those who live and work here.
It will ensure the development of homes, jobs and essential facilities take place in the right areas and are well planned – building for the future while protecting green, open spaces, preserving our heritage and providing habitats for wildlife.
Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Chairman of the CLJSPC and Leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “This document sets out, over the next 20 years, our direction for new employment, new housing and the public infrastructure needed to make this possible.
“The successful approval of the plan underlines the immense importance of the partnership between City of Lincoln Council, North Kesteven Council and West Lindsey Council who have, along with the county council, made this possible.”
Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council, said: “The Local Plan will give much-needed clarity for decisions being made at both local and strategic level, in support of people, place and prosperity.
“It will help to shape communities so that as the area grows, the facilities and infrastructure needed to support this are created at the right times and in the right places.
“I’d like to thank the highly professional team dedicated to producing a robust and sound plan based on local evidence and thorough research. It is testament to their commitment that this plan was compiled, extensively consulted on, examined and approved within a three-year time frame."
Councillor Jeff Summers, Leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: “Our new plan has to deliver for people and communities. An environment which everyone is happy to live in. Housing has to be supported by opportunities for work. Appropriate capacity built into new and existing infrastructure. Education, health and a green environment for everyone to relax in.
“Following the last three years of research and consultation, I am confident the intensive programme of work commissioned by the three district councils has produced a plan which is capable of delivering the essential components which create a modern, thriving community.”
Cllr Eddy Poll, Portfolio Holder for Commercial and Environmental Management at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The local plan will guide development in Central Lincolnshire over the next 25 years.
“It not only looks at the homes that could be provided over that time, but also the infrastructure that will be needed to support them.
“It will make sure that we get the necessary roads, jobs and essential services in place, meaning our communities can continue to thrive for decades to come.”
The plan and supporting information can be viewed online at www.central-lincs.org.uk