We are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan to cover future growth in the district up to 2036. The new Local Plan will set out the council's strategic vision, policies and land allocations, for meeting future needs in both housing and employment.
The new Local Plan will:
- Update and include new policies from the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and national Planning Practice Guidance
- Provide for our development requirements up to 2036, in particular Identifying land in the district which is suitable for meeting housing and employment need
- Plan positively for development, including the provision of and infrastructure community facilities
- Identify areas for protection, such important areas for wildlife conservation and important heritage assets
The new Local Plan will eventually replace the Core Strategy, Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document and any remaining saved policies from the 1995 Local Plan [these now only relate to Grantham].
In preparing the Local Plan we will consult with the local community and key stakeholders [as set out in our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) document, adopted on 3 November 2014].
The SCI is a statutory document. It explains how we involve local communities and others interested in development in the preparation of planning policy documents and planning applications. The SCI was adopted on 3 November 2014 and is subject to regular review.
The first stage in preparing our new Local Plan was to issue a consultation paper [Regulation 18 consultation]. This included questions aimed at starting a discussion with the community about the plan content. The consultation document set out key issues identified and how they may be addressed. A Sustainability Appraisal (SA)/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Reportwas published alongside the consultation paper find out the potential effect of policies and proposals on environmental, social and economic factors.
Both documents can be found below.
For the second stage of consultation, there was a need to establish what land was available for development within the district, the council called for landowners and agents to submit their sites through a "Call for Sites" process. They were then assessed against various land based constrains and colour coded in terms of their suitability. The council held community engagement events at local parishes and towns in the summer of 2016. These events were used to showcase the potential land that had come forward for development within the district. The purpose of this event was to explain to the public the council's preliminary views on which land could be most suitable for allocation in the new Local Plan.
Responses to the consultation were collected via an online questionnaire, the results of which are available on the Sites and Settlements Consultation Summary page >>
Due to the General Election being held on June 8, the consultation for the draft Local Plan has been postponed until further notice.
Evidence base documents
In preparing the new Local Plan and any supplementary planning documents we need to gather a range of technical background evidence to ensure a robust basis for our planning policies. We have already prepared a large amount of evidence relevant to the preparation of the new Local Plan, and new documents will be added when they become available. See Evidence Base Documents >>