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Local Plan

South Kesteven Local Plan

The Local Plan is the overall Development Plan for South Kesteven, setting out our local planning policies. In preparing the Local Plan we consult with the local community and key stakeholders as set out in our SCI.  We adopted a new SCI on 3rd November 2014.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government's planning policies and must be taken into consideration in the preparation of Local Plans.

Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The South Kesteven Development Plan is currently made up of the following documents:

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP), when adopted, will also form part of the Development Plan.

A New Local Plan for 2011-2036

We have begun preparing a new Local Plan which will cover the whole district for the period 2011-2036.   The new plan will:

Consultation on the scope of the new Local Plan begins on Friday 23rd January 2015. The consultation paper includes a series of questions which we hope will start a discussion with the community about the content of the new plan. Consultation will last for six weeks, closing at 4.30pm on Friday 6th March 2015

A Sustainability Appraisal (SA)/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report is being published alongside the consultation paper. SA/SEA assesses the potential affect of policies and proposals on environmental, social and economic factors. The Scoping Report sets out a framework to guide the future assessment of emerging policies and proposals as the plan is prepared. Comments about the SA/SEA Scoping Report can also be made as part of the consultation.

If you would like to get involved in the preparation of the new plan, please visit our consultation portal where you can access the consultation documents and submit your comments.

Alternatively paper copies of the consultation documents (including response forms) can also be accessed free of charge at:

Or by contacting the Planning Policy Team on 01476 406469 or by email at

If you wish to comment on the consultation paper or the SA/SEA Scoping Report please ensure the Council receives your response by 4.30pm on Friday 6th March 2015.

We would prefer to receive comments using our consultation portal as it allows us to collate all comments more efficiently.

Alternatively you can use the editable PDF form below and return it to

Or by post to: Planning Policy and Partnerships Team, South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ


Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the timetable for producing the planning documents that will make up the Local Plan. The scheme tells you when documents will be produced and when you can expect to get involved.

A new LDS took effect on 11th June 2014.

Over the next three years a new South Kesteven Local Plan will be prepared. This will contain strategic policies, land allocations and development management policies and eventually replace the Core Strategy, Site Allocation and Policies DPD and any remaining saved policies from the 1995 Local Plan (these now only relate to Grantham).

The current Local Development Scheme (June 2014) is available to view below.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a statutory document that explains how we will involve local communities and others with an interest in development in the District in the preparation of planning policy documents and planning applications.

Following consultation, the Council adopted a revised and updated version of the SCI on the 3rd November 2014.

Development Plan Documents

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) must be assessed independently by an inspector whose report will then be binding. Our current DPDs are:

Each of these documents is subject to a Sustainability Appraisal.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) give further details of the policies and proposals set out in development plan documents. They can be design guides, development briefs, other guidance or issue-based documents. They do not form part of the statutory development plan and do not need to be assessed independently by an inspector.

We currently have SPDs on:

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents we need to gather a range of evidence to ensure a robust basis for our planning policies.

Please note that the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been updated and Level 2 prepared.  This document can be found in the list below.  If you wish to see the previous version (2009) which supported the preparation of the Core Strategy please contact a member of the planning policy team.

For more information on the studies that have been undertaken so far (by date), please click on the link below.

Evidence Base Documents

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