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Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document

We are working on two new planning policy documents which will form part of the Local Development Framework for South Kesteven. These are the site specific allocations development plan document (DPD) and the Grantham Area Action Plan DPD. This page considers the Site allocation and Policies DPD.

We are currently preparing a Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD). This will identify suitable sites and allocate them for particular kinds of development to achieve the objectives of the Core Strategy.

It will also include policies that cover how sites should be developed to make sure that when they are developed there are the proper levels of facilities for the community, roads and other services as well as landscaping, open spaces and affordable housing. Other policy areas to be covered will include the rural economy, protection of existing employment sites, retention of community facilities, retailing and open space standards.

This document will cover the District apart from the town of Grantham, which is covered by a separate plan - the Grantham Area Action Plan (GAAP).

Examination Stage

Further information about the examination can be found on the Examination Page.

On the request of the Inspector, the Council has prepared a schedule summarising the representations received when the Site Allocation and Policies DPD was published in October 2011 and the Council's initial response to them.

Submission to the Secretary of State

On the 31st January 2012 the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) was submitted to the Secretary of State.

The following documents have been submitted:

The submission documents may be viewed during normal office hours at the District Council's Offices at Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Deepings and on the mobile library service. The DPD, Proposals Map and Schedule of Proposed Changes can also be viewed at the local libraries in Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping and the mobile library service.

Submission Stage

On the 7th October 2011 the Submission Site Allocation and Policies DPD was published for the making of comments on its soundness and legal compliance. The DPD was published under Regulation 27 (The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, as amended) so that representations could be made prior to the submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State early in 2012. All representations received within the Representation period which ended on 18th November 2011 are now available to view on the consultation portal and have been submitted to the Secretary of State submitted to the Secretary of State along with the relevant submission documents. The representations will be considered alongside the submitted document, which will be examined by a independent Planning Inspector.

The Site Allocation and Policies DPD covers the whole of the District with the exception of Grantham, which is covered by the Area Action Plan.

Together the two documents provide detailed policy guidance on matters including town centres, open space/green infrastructure, supporting employment development and regeneration areas. The Site Allocation and Policies DPD also include policies on rural affordable housing and retention of services and facilities in Local Service Centres. The DPDs also identify sites for future housing, employment and town centre developments.

View the Submission Documents

You can access the Submission DPD, Sustainability Appraisal and Supporting documents below (pdf files):

Water Cycle Study

Following the Submission Representation period the Council published the final detailed Water Cycle Study (WCS) for the district (excluding Grantham). Whilst this study had been used to help inform the selection of sites for allocation, it was not finalized and publically available when the Submission Representation period began. As this document forms part of the evidence based for the DPD it was considered appropriate to allow those people who have made representations about the sites which are affected by the Water Cycle Study an opportunity to consider the study and make changes to their representations if they feel this is appropriate. This follow up consultation period began on 16th December 2011 and ended on Friday 20th January 2012.

The full Water Cycle Study is available for consideration: pdf icon SKDC Final detailed WCS report [9Mb]

A Non Technical Paper of the Water Cycle Study conclusions has been prepared and is available for consideration. In addition some minor changes to the wording of the plan are proposed to reflect the conclusions of the study.

Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000

Representations cannot be treated in confidence. Regulation 30 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, as amended, requires copies of representations to be made publicly available and to third parties and cannot be treated as confidential. The Council will also provide names and associated representations on its website but will not publish personal information such as telephone numbers, emails or private addresses. By submitting a representation on the Proposed Submission DPD you confirm that you agree to this and accept responsibility for your comments.

The preparation of the Site Allocation and Policies DPD and Grantham Area Action Plan have been informed by an evidence base, which includes a number of technical studies. These are available here: Evidence Base

Earlier Stages

On the 1st August 20011 the Council decided on the allocation of sites for inclusion in the Site Allocation and Policies DPD. This followed a detailed assessment of all the sites that had been submitted to us for consideration.

To view the Cabinet Report, including the consultation responses received and the assessment of sites, click here.

Additional Policies

Between November and December 2010 we sought views on the detailed policies which are required by the Core Strategy to provide further guidance and criteria on a number of specific issues:

The draft policies will provide detailed criteria for decision making about specific types of development.  They also define the town centres; existing employment sites and areas of search for rural exception affordable housing schemes.  These detailed policies will enable the core strategy objectives to be implemented appropriately.

All the responses received were considered by the Cabinet on the 7th February 2011.  Minor changes to the wording of several policies were approved to respond to issues raised. However, there were a number of other issues which required further consideration before a decision was taken on whether to amend the policies. These were further considered by the Cabinet on the 4th July 2011 when some further minor changes were made.

Additional Policies Sustainability Appraisal

The progression of the Site Allocations and Policies document is carried out in conjunction with the Sustainability Appraisal which aims to ensure that planning documents are informed by sustainability principles at an early stage in the process. This means that the social, economic and environmental decisions taken in the plans consider the needs of future generations. The Sustainability Appraisal of the policies is contained in Appendix 3 of this consultation document.

Habitats Assessment

The Site Allocations and Policies document has also been assessed to identify any possible effects on four Natura 2000 site (European sites of importance for nature conservation) within and on the edge of the district. This assessment concludes that the policies are unlikely to have a significant effect on the Natura 2000 sites and that an Appropriate Assessment of the plan is not necessary.

Development Sites Consultation

Many sites have been suggested over the last few years for different types of development, including sites for housing and sites for development that will create jobs, including tourism and retail developments. However, we will be focusing in detail only on sites in and around Bourne, Stamford, Market Deeping and Deeping St James and the 16 centres that the Core Strategy identifies as Local Service Centres. These are:

Ancaster, Barkston and Syston, Barrowby, Baston, Billingborough and Horbling, Castle Bytham, Caythorpe and Frieston, Colsterworth and Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, Corby Glen, Great Gonerby, Harlaxton, Langtoft, Long Bennington, Morton and Hanthorpe, South Witham and Thurlby and Northorpe.

Between October and December 2009 we consulted on over 200 potential development sites that have been proposed to us for inclusion in the Site Allocations DPD. We received over 2600 comments which have been collated and will be used to help us in the selection of 'preferred options' for future development. You can view the comments made on each of the sites through our consultation website Limehouse.

As a consequence of this consultation a number of additional sites were suggested to us as locations for housing, employment and recreation/leisure uses. We, therefore, consulted on these additional sites between August and October 2010.

By consulting on the suggested sites does not mean that the Council thinks all of the sites are suitable or that they will all be developed.

You can view or download a copy of the consultation documents below.

Please note that we are not accepting the submission of any further sites for inclusion in the Site Allocations DPD. Anyone seeking to put forward a site not previously submitted to us will be required to demonstrate why their site is more appropriate, suitable and necessary than those selected and also undertake community involvement in line with our adopted Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and undertake a Sustainability Appraisal consistent with that used by the Council.

Please Note: There are two corrections to the Site Allocation DPD document. On page 10 the Site Boundary for ADD34 in Bourne has been amended, this new map can also be downloaded below.  The description of the suggested use has also been clarified and should read 'Nature park with associated facilities e.g. car parking, hotel/conference centre'

Also on page 18 Site ADD43 has been incorrectly labelled - the site location should be "Land west of Ryhall Road".

Gypsy and Traveller Sites

We undertook consultation on possible options for the location of Gypsy and Traveller site(s) during August and September 2007.

The consultation formed the first stage in identifying Gypsy and Traveller site allocations for inclusion in the wider Site Allocation and Policies DPD.

The consultation document identified 19 potential sites across the District: seven located at, or in close proximity to, Grantham, three at Stamford, four at Bourne and five at Market Deeping.

These 19 sites had been short listed following an assessment of a number of sites against a set of criteria derived from the factors, identified as being important in deciding the allocation of sites.

We received over 21,000 comments which have been collated and assessed.

In March 2011 planning permission was granted on appeal for the use of land at Stragglethorpe Lane, Fulbeck as a residential caravan site for gypsies providing 12 pitches. The grant of planning permission for this site fulfills the outstanding accommodation need in the District to 2017. The Council does not intend, therefore, to specifically allocate sites for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs in the emerging Site Allocation and Policies DPD. Any proposals for such a use that come forward across the District will be assessed against the criteria of Core Strategy Policy H4 and meeting any future accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers will be kept under review.

Housing and Economic DPD

The Housing and Economic DPD was published in 2006. It set out our preferred approach to addressing housing, employment, retail, leisure and tourism issues in the District, including setting out preferred land allocations for these uses.

Public consultation was undertaken between the 26th June and 7th August 2006. However, the responses were not reported to the Council's Cabinet as it was decided not to progress preparation of this DPD but rather prepare Site Allocations and Policies and Grantham Area Action Plan DPDs.

However, we will be using the work undertaken on this DPD together with the comments received to it to inform the preparation of the Site Allocations and Policies DPD.

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