County push for more sustainable development plans

Solar farm

Lincolnshire County Council are continuing to press for more suitable and sustainable energy production to be included in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.

On Monday, 28 February, at a meeting of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee,  Cllr Colin Davie will put forward amendments to three policies being proposed as part of the Local Plan.

Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for strategic planning at the county council, said:

“To enable a sustainable future for our communities we are keen to enable a mix of green energy production across Lincolnshire.

"Large wind turbines are not the right solution in Lincolnshire and we are pushing partners to find other options including more solar production on our less productive land, as well as on buildings.

Land classification work from the county council, shows approximately 6,900 acres of Grade 4 (‘poor’) land in Central Lincolnshire, which would be enough to accommodate the required solar energy capacity.

Cllr Davie added:

“Lincolnshire needs homes that people can afford to heat as well as to buy so I want to see more sustainable houses being built.  

"The current proposals see some areas excluded from an ambition to build better quality homes – I’m determined that all communities deserve better.

"As such I will propose that the policy is amended to include all new homes being built in Central Lincolnshire to meet higher standards of energy efficiency.

“Today (Monday), I will be encouraging district councillors to join me in seeking a solution that is right for Lincolnshire, by supporting the amendments I will be putting forward to the committee.”

View details of the meeting, access to the committee documents and a link to a live audio stream.

Published: 28th February 2022