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Bourne Town Council seeks views on potential development sits for Neighbourhood Plan

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People are being asked to suggest sites for new housing development in Bourne.

The move follows South Kesteven District council receiving more than 400 objections about sites it proposed for the Local Plan.

The district council then gave responsibility for choosing sites to Bourne Town Council and the Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan team.

Bourne Town Hall (16980000)
Bourne Town Hall (16980000)

A joint working party from both groups has already reviewed some sites and is keen to hear of any further sites suitable for development in the years of the plan, which is up until 2036.

Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey said sites of at least a quarter of a hectare are being sought for housing, plus other areas of land suitable for uses that would improve the vitality and viability of Bourne town centre.

All proposals would be considered and if allocated in the plan, would establish the principle of development for them.

Once potential sites have been identified and assessed, draft findings will be open to comments from applicants, and by the local community through public consultation.

After the consultation process has concluded, details of the sites chosen will be passed to South Kesteven District Council.

Mr Sismey said: “We have looked at all the site and we need people to come forward with other sites and then once we have got these together, we will go to public consultation with the whole of the Bourne public to ensure got our allocations right.

“We would like to do this as soon as possible as we need to tell SKDC that the Bourne public need to know where future housing will go and they want it to be their choice and not foisted upon us.

“The whole aim is to get agreement locally as opposed to somebody else from afar telling us where it should be.”

Mr Sismey added the public consultation is due by the year end with the Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in 2020.

Site information must be received by Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan by Friday, September 27.

A submission form can be obtained from Bourne Town Council based at the Corn Exchange. Email clerk.bournetc@btconnect.com or download from www.bournetowncouncil.org.uk.

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