16 MARCH - 09 MAY 2022 (NOW CLOSED)

Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Review - The Proposed Submission Draft Plan is published - find our more and get professional representation from Fytche-Taylor Planning Ltd.

Proposed Submission Draft Local Plan Consultation

The consultation for the Submission Draft Central Lincolnshire Local Plan has now closed.  The opportunity to submit comments ran for 8 weeks from 16 March to 9 May 2022.

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What is the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Review 'Submission Draft' Consultation?

If you own land, are a developer or live and work in the districts of North Kesteven, West Lindsey or anywhere in the City of Lincoln then this consultation will affect you and how your local community changes over the next 20 years.  Following approval by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) at the end of February 2022, the local plan that will shape the future of Central Lincolnshire has been finalised and is now ready to be examined by a Government appointed Inspector. 

The latest consultation offered a final opportunity to view and comment on the proposed new Local Plan, which is intended to replace the existing Central Lincolnshire Local Plan that was adopted back in 2017. The consultation followed on from the Issues and Options consultation undertaken in 2019 and the Draft Local Plan Consultation held between June and August 2021.  Full details on the status of the local plan review can be found here (opens a new page).  

Fytche-Taylor Planning Ltd. promoted a number of potential development sites for our clients in 2019 and again in 2021 and are pleased to confirm that a number of these have been taken forward as proposed land allocations in the latest Submission Draft version of the plan.  Members of our team previously wrote parts of the existing plan and, combined, offer our clients the benefit of over 30 years planning policy experience.   

The local plan addresses a broad range of issues that affects all of our lives, such as climate change, housing, employment, shopping, health and more. The purpose of the last consultation was to put forward comments (including specific support or objections) to any of the draft policies, supporting text, site allocations or maps which were presented both in the main plan document and in the additional supplementary evidence that has been used to inform the plan review.  The plan is now expected to be formally submitted to the Secretary of State so that a Planning Inspector can be appointed to consider the soundness of the plan prior to adoption. 

According to the latest press release published by the Central Lincs planning team, the key policy changes include:

  • Climate change: The plan is ambitious in trying to address climate change in a number of policies, including a requirement for net-zero-carbon homes and a framework for considering renewable energy infrastructure.
  • Retail: In recognition of some of the challenges facing retail the Draft Local Plan seeks to protect more local retail centres in rural areas; in the face of uncertainty in both the industry and from national policy changes allowing shops to change use without the need for planning permission.
  • Housing: Reflecting the Government’s new housing needs methodology and the Central Lincolnshire’s housing and economic needs assessment evidence, the housing requirement of the plan has been reduced from 1,540 homes each year under the 2017 Local Plan to between 1,060 and 1,325 homes each year in the new plan, meeting the overall requirement of 29,150 dwellings across the plan period from 2018 to 2040.
  • RAF Scampton: A new draft policy, designed to safeguard the future of RAF Scampton once the site has been decommissioned, has been included. It highlights RAF Scampton as an ‘opportunity area’ and requiring a masterplan prior to any major development. The policy aims to provide a framework which will enhance and protect the area whilst remaining adaptive and responsive to future decisions on the decommission and disposal of the base.
  • Settlement Hierarchy and Site Allocations: Following a change in National Policy, sites for 10 or more homes within small and medium villages are specifically allocated which remove the need to apply growth percentages and gives greater certainty to communities.

Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Consultation Hub, Press Release March 2022

The new draft plan extends to over 200 pages and includes new policies that will affect all landowners and developers in Central Lincolnshire, including the requirement for more energy efficient homes and on-site renewable power generation for all housing developments.

What are Local Plans?  If you have never heard of them before, then in short these are the plans that are used to make decisions on where new houses, shops, roads and a range of employment sites will go in future, as well as setting a broad range of other targets and controls that will directly affect how an area can change and grow.  If you've ever played Sim City, then it's a bit like that, but the real-life version!  The planning system involves making decisions about the future of our cities, towns and countryside. This is vital to balance our desire to develop the areas where we live and work with ensuring the surrounding environment isn't negatively affected for everyone. It includes considering the sustainable needs of future communities.  A handy guide offering more information is available here

The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Team is responsible for producing the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.

The current Central Lincolnshire Local Plan was adopted by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) on 24 April 2017 and replaced the previous Local Plans for the City of Lincoln, West Lindsey and North Kesteven Districts.

Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Review - The Proposed Submission Draft Plan is published - find our more and get professional representation from Fytche-Taylor Planning Ltd.

What and Where is Central Lincolnshire?

Did you know? The area defined as 'Central Lincolnshire' covers the combined areas of the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey districts, totalling an area of 2116sq.km, with a population of 290,500 (Census 2011).   

Contact for more information on this or any other local plan queries:

Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Review - The Proposed Submission Draft Plan is published - find our more and get professional representation from Fytche-Taylor Planning Ltd.

Oliver Fytche-Taylor

Managing Director |  [email protected]  |  01522 581 383

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