For more information on stages and studies undertaken so far, please click on the relevant heading in the index below.


Further Examination Hearings - 9, 10 and 12 December 2013

Sessions were held to enable anyone who made a representation to the main modifications published in July 2013 an opportunity to appear before and be heard by the Inspector, Mr Roland Punshon.

These were held on December 9, 10 and 12.

Agenda and timetables for these hearings sessions are set out in the documents below:

At the close of the hearing sessions the Inspector indicated he expected his report to be made available to the council by the end of February 2014.

Consultation on proposed modifications and revised Sustainability Assessment/Strategic Environmental Assessment

Earlier this year, with the Inspectors agreement, the examination was suspended for a period of time. This was to enable the council to undertake revising and retesting of the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) of the plan and the site assessment process.

The opportunity to make representations on either the proposed modifications to the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document or to comment on the revised SA/SEA has ended.

A summary of all the representations received and the council's response to them has been prepared.

The documents that were published for consultation are available below.

An erratum has also been published in respect of the description of site ADD43 published in the evidence document.

Consultation documents

Correspondence with Inspector regarding examination suspension

The letters to the Inspector are available below.

To keep all parties involved of the examination's progress the Inspector held a public meeting, which took place on the 12 April.

Pre-hearing meeting

A pre-hearing meeting was held on the 15 August 2012. The Inspector has issued a note of the meeting.

Site Allocation and Policy Hearings

The hearing sessions were held between the 6 and 16 November 2012.

The timetable and agendas can be viewed below.

Examination library

The district council has compiled an Examination Core Document Library >>, listing relevant material we will rely on at the examination hearings for the Site Allocation and Policies. The library will be updated as new documents are added as part of the examination process.

Hard copies of the documents contained in the examination library can be inspected at the district council's offices in Grantham by appointment. To make an appointment please contact us >>

Consultation on proposed modifications and consistency with National Planning Policy

The opportunity to make representations on either the proposed modifications to the Site Allocation and Policies DPD or to comment on the consistency of these documents with national planning policy has ended.

A summary of all the representations received and the council's response to them has been prepared.

The documents that were published for consultation are available below.

Proposed modifications

The schedules below set out the proposed main modifications to the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document the council wish the Inspector to consider recommending. They have been proposed in response to concerns raised by the Inspector before and as a result of exploratory meetings (see below), to reflect the contents of the National Planning Policy Framework and to address issues that were raised in representations made to the Submission Plan when it was published in October 2011.

A track changed version of the Site Allocation and Policies has also been prepared to help read the changes in context.

To support the preparation of the proposed modifications, the Five year housing land supply statement paper and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) have been updated.

We have also prepared schedules of minor modifications. These deal with factual or typographical changes to the documents and are not subject to the current consultation.

National Planning Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published by the Government on the 27 March 2012 and replaced all previously published national planning policy statements and guidance notes. Representations were invited on the consistency of the Site Allocation and Policies with national planning policy.

The council has undertaken a self assessment of each document with national policy, available below:

Exploratory meetings 

Following initial inspector assessments of the Site Allocation and Policies documents, a series of exploratory meetings were held. Information relating to these meetings is available below.

The council has prepared a schedule summarising the representations received to the Submission Plan and the council's initial response to them.

14 March 2012 

The council has produced the following document in response to matters raised by the Inspector:

 16 April 2012

Examination stage

Further information about the examination can be found on the Examination page >>.

On the request of the Inspector, we have prepared a schedule summarising the representations received when the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document 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 our offices in 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 7 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 18 November 2011 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 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 16 December 2011 and ended on Friday 20 January 2012.

The full Water Cycle Study is available for consideration below.

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:

Earlier stages

On the 1 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:

  • Retention of local facilities in Local Service Centres (LSCs)
  • Rural affordable housing
  • Protection of existing employment areas
  • Rural employment opportunities, including rural diversification
  • Town centre boundaries
  • Open Space Standards

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 4 July 2011 when some further minor changes were made.

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. 

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.

Consultation on the suggested sites does not mean that we think all of the sites are suitable or that they will 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 26 June and 7 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.