Have a say on future development in the Deepings

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Every household in Market Deeping and Deeping St James should now have received a questionnaire encouraging people to have their say on the area’s future development.

A committee has been formed comprising of representatives of Market Deeping Town Council, Deeping St James Parish Council, residents and planning experts with the aim of creating a neighbourhood plan.

A neighbourhood plan is a planning document that allows a community to set out a vision for its local area.

It is led by local residents and the business community, and is about building neighbourhoods – not stopping growth.

Judy Stevens, who represents Deeping St James on South Kesteven District Council and is also a parish councillor, said: “It is really important that people fill in their questionnaires.

“The neighbourhood plan is the one and only way to have input in what the Deepings are going to look like over the next 20 years.

“The Government is trying to drive growth through development and we are not alone in taking new housing.

“The questionnaire will only take 10 minutes to complete and we are hoping for thousand of responses.

“The people of the Deepings are very active in the community and we need them to step up to the plate on this issue.

“I expect some people will say they don’t want any development at all but we need to be realistic and say, if it is going to happen, where new developments could go.”

Committee members will be present at a number of public events in the Deepings this summer to engage with people on the subject.

Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan must be taken into account during consideration of planning applications in the area.

Neighbourhood planningwas introduced by the government in 2011 through the Localism Act. It gives communities directpowertodevelopashared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.

Local residents are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings shouldlook like and what infrastructure should be provided.

A neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority.