East Lindsey authority pledges commitment to planning development

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EAST Lindsey District Council has moved to reaffirm its commitment to ‘encouraging investment’ in the area.

The move comes after the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework last week which followed on changes announced in Chancellor George’s Osborne’s recent budget.

The council say its key priorities include supporting the business community to ensure the area continues to thrive as a tourist destination.

Planning Minister Greg Clark had said that too many ‘top-down targets’ had left the planning system in disarray and promised to make it easier for firms to build new homes to encourage ‘sustainable development’.

ELDC’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Economy, Coun Craig Leyland, said: “We’ve made good progress in recent years, working hard to increase the visitor offer and length of the season, particularly along the coast.

“Tourism contributes around £450m to East Lindsey each year and is the area’s main economy. With much of this money generated along the coastal strip, the development of the coast is an important strategic priority and as such the council’s Core Strategy, which is currently being developed, will have a separate policy clearly setting out what development the council will in principle support in this area. This will focus on flexible, positive planning for economic growth.

“Our relationship with the Environment Agency will be important in delivering this.”

He continued: “We must ensure there continues to be investment in the tourist offer on the coast and inland so East Lindsey continues to be positioned as the must visit destination and the place for businesses to invest and create jobs.”

The Draft Core Strategy, including Coastal Policy, will be out to public consultation later in the year.