Time running out for local plan submissions
Members of the public wanting to comment on the South Kesteven Local Plan do not have much time left.
South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) embarked on a public consultation on the new Local Plan, which started on June 11 and ends on July 23.
The council has previously undertaken three stages of public consultation: the first taking place between January and March 2015 on the scope of the Local Plan; the second taking place between July and August 2016 on a Sites and Settlements consultation; and the third between July and August 2017 on a Consultative Draft Local Plan.
The comments and responses from those previous consultation periods have been taken into account while producing the Proposed Submission Local Plan document that is currently being consulted on.
The proposed submission Local Plan is effectively a final draft and therefore, contains the council’s preferred approach to tackling the key challenges, and delivering sustainable development for South Kesteven up to 2036.
The consultation period represents the last opportunity for members of the public to make comments on the plan before council submits the document to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
Amongst other things, the plan includes an “allocation” for housing on the site of the Williamson Cliff Quarry in Stamford, although any development at the site will still have to go through the proper planning application processes.
Members of the public wanting to comment can do do so on SKDC’s website www.southkesteven.gov.uk. The plan is also available to view in council offices and at libraries.
Although the Local Plan sets out the framework for housing and economic growth until 2036, it will be subject to review every five years. The plan provides for a minimum housing requirement of 625 new homes per year – a total of more than 15,000 up to 2036.
The former SKDC cabinet member for economy and development, Mike King (Con), said when the Local Plan was unveiled: “The majority of new housing development is earmarked for Grantham, including the Garden Village, but we are also proposing significant housing areas on the north side of Stamford and the east side of Market Deeping.”