Have your say on future for planning in East Lindsey

People living in East Lindsey have just under two weeks left to have their say in a major consultation which sets out the vision, objectives and planning policies that will shape development in East Lindsey over the next 15 years.

The draft Core Strategy, which has been out to consultation since October 19, has been developed with a clear focus on tackling local issues and encouraging growth both inland and on the coast.

In developing the draft Strategy, the council has to ensure it complies with the Government’s Planning Regulations as laid down in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework.

The draft Core Strategy does the following:

· Sets the District’s housing target to 2028, recognising the need for more houses in the area.

· Positively supports economic growth, employment development and tourism. P

· Positively supports our town centres and gives protection to the loss of services and facilities in the smaller communities of the District.

· Does not support housing growth in areas of high flood risk.

· Supports high quality design.

· Protects our natural environment, including our landscapes, green spaces and biodiversity

During the consultation exercise, which ends on January 19, 2013, local people are being asked for their general views on the Strategy as well as where they think growth should be focused in future.

There are four options to consider, all of which take into account restricting housing growth in the coastal area because of flood risk:

1. Concentrate growth into the five inland towns of Louth, Horncastle, Alford, Coningsby/Tattershall and Spilsby.

2. Moderately dispersed distribution of growth – put growth into the five inland towns and the large villages.

3. More dispersed pattern of growth – put growth into the five inland towns, large and medium villages.

4. Dispersed pattern of growth including the small rural villages – put our growth into the five inland towns, large, medium and small villages.

The classification as to which settlements are large, medium and small villages is set out in the Strategy.

Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “The Core Strategy is an incredibly important document for East Lindsey and to ensure we get it right we need the views of local people on the proposals we’ve put forward.

“Our focus in developing the Core Strategy has been to propose a strategy that won’t see East Lindsey stagnate – we need investment, we need jobs and we need to support families and businesses across East Lindsey to deliver on their aspirations.

“I’d encourage the community to digest the policies and let us have their views on all aspects of our proposals.”

In support of the consultation, the Council has already hosted two drop in sessions.

The document will be available from Friday for local people to comment on at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation and at the Council’s Customer Service Centres and Libraries.