East Lindsey District Council is seeking residents’ views on how many new homes should be built within the district and where they should be situated.
To ensure the Core Strategy is found to be comprehensive and robust at the public examination stage it must conform with the National Planning Policy Framework.
‘The housing target’, the number of houses to be built, must show the Council can meet the housing needs of the district for the next 15 years, that it is flexible and able to cope with any unexpected change, such as an upsurge in the economy, and that the Coastal flood risk has been taken into account.
When looking at where these houses will be built, the Council is proposing to move away from its previous policy of ‘dispersal’ and instead, allocate housing within the most sustainable inland larger settlements in the district, away from areas of high flood risk, where there are services and facilities to support this growth.
Any proposals for housing within the district would still have to go through the Council’s planning process.
Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Planning, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “Planning for the growth of the District creates some important issues and challenges for both the community and the Council, but by taking this new approach I hope it will assist us in protecting the important rural character of our smaller settlements while enabling us to fulfil our obligations within the National Planning Policy Framework.”
While this consultation is primarily about housing, the Core Strategy itself is firmly in support of economic growth across the District, giving strong positive support to local businesses, the tourism industry and the rural economy, say the Disrict Council.
Residents can have their say on the Council’s proposals until 5pm on June 23.
From Friday, May, 9, a web page and document setting out the approach proposed by the Council with a short summary and the evidence to support the proposals will be found on the Council’s website at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/housinggrowth together with the consultation questionnaire.
Electronic questionnaires can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies of these documents and questionnaires will also be available at all of the Council’s Customer Access Points and libraries across the District. These can be retuned to The Planning Policy Section, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UP.
For any queries on this consultation contact the Planning Policy team on 01507 601111, using extensions 3147, 3140, 3143 or 3141.