Consultative Draft Local Plan
South Kesteven District Council is preparing a new Local Plan, which will cover the whole district for the period 2011-2036.
The Local Plan will set out the strategy for delivering sustainable development including the vision, objectives and spatial strategy. It will also establish development requirements including the amount of housing and employment land needed, and allocate specific development sites to meet need.
This is the third stage of informal consultation on the new Local Plan. This stage differs form the previous stages as it sets out draft policies. Previous consultations set out the issues facing the district and the options available to tackle them.
The consultative draft Local Plan contains policies on the following:
- Sustainable Development
- The Spatial Strategy and Settlement Hierarchy
- Economic Prosperity
- Meeting Housing Needs
- Protecting and Enhancing the Natural and Built Environment
- Renewable Energy Generation
It also identifies sites for future development. Housing and Employment allocations are proposed for Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings. Housing allocations are also proposed at some of the Larger Villages.
Consultation on the draft Local Plan has now closed
Supporting documents can be viewed here:
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 >>
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.
In this section you will find evidence documents and reports in the following areas: