South Kesteven Local Plan Review

Latest News - Autumn/Winter 2023:  This review is currently on hold. 

South Kesteven Local Plan Review and Call for Sites

What is the South Kesteven Local Plan Review?  South Kesteven District Council has started to review its Local Plan to extend its growth strategy for the district up to 2041. 

As part of this review process the Council asked landowners to submit sites that are available for potential development within the District as part of their ‘Call for Sites’ process.  This has now closed and at this time the Council is not seeking further land submissions.

The Local Plan Review will set out the planning framework for the District over the next 20 years up to 2041 and will cover issues such as; housing provision, the economy, retail and town centres, infrastructure provision and the environment. It will also set out policies by which planning applications will be determined, in addition to allocating land for housing, employment and retail uses. 

Latest News (as published by SKDC online):

"In line with our existing Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the timetable for our Local Plan Review, we were due to consult on our emerging plan (in accordance with Regulation 18) in March 2023. 

On December 2022, the Government published a consultation on amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).   That consultation closes on 2nd March and it is anticipated that the updated version of the NPPF will be published in "Spring".  The Government is proposing a number of changes throughout the NPPF and there are significant amendments that relate to plan-making.  

For the Council to fully consider the implications of these changes and incorporate amendments to ensure compliance with the proposed NPPF, the consultation that was due to take place in March will be delayed.  The alternative is to risk further delays and increased costs by having to add in additional amendments and reconsult later down the line.   A revised LDS will be presented to Cabinet in June which will seek to update the timetable for delivery of the Local Plan Review.  This relatively short delay will ensure that the Council is able to prepare a Local Plan that is in accordance with national policy".

Do you own land or are you a developer in South Kesteven? If so, here's what you need to do...If you own land in South Kesteven or if you are a developer with property or financial interests in the district the local plan review will affect you in some way, not least because it will set new planning rules and dictate what can be built, and where.  If you would like to have your land considered, or make sure your voice is heard as the next stages of the plan review get underway, then now is the time to act.   

It is very important to be ready to submit sites or comments in good time because the consultation periods are short, have a strict cut-off date and are very often announced with little to no warning!  To put land forward, the Council require a detailed form to be completed too which must be submitted together with a location plan and a range of additional technical information relating to the site to demonstrate that it is suitable for residential or commercial development.  Starting this work early will put you at an advantage when the next Call for Sites gets underway by making sure you don't risk missing the deadline. 

Our searches include looking at the range of possible planning constraints and the site's planning history, the likely site capacity and/or future uses, all of which are then combined in a detailed statement to show why your site should be selected and how development of your land relates to existing local and national planning policies. 

If this sounds like a lot, or you don't know where to begin, don't worry - we have an excellent track record of obtaining allocations for our clients through local plan reviews.  Fytche-Taylor Planning can help at every step of the way and are already representing a number of local landowners and developers across the South Kesteven area to their promote sites through this local plan review.  If there is scope to make a planning application before the plan is reviewed, we can handle that too. 

If you would like us to represent you, we make the process as simple as possible and will deal with all communication with the Council. In most cases all we need to get things started is the location of the site and we can handle everything else from there.  Contact us today for a quotation.

To contact us for professional representation either fill in the form at the bottom of this page, e-mail [email protected] or call 01522 581 383.


Author of this Report

South Kesteven Local Plan Review and Call for Site 2020

Oliver Fytche-Taylor

Managing Director |  [email protected]  |  01522 581 383

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