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Council Services:

Strategic Planning

The main role of the Strategic Planning team in Lincolnshire is to provide specialist assistance to the seven District Councils in developing and reviewing their Local Plans.

This includes key supporting evidence and delivery documents such as the:

  • Infrastructure Delivery Plan
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (if adopted)
  • Economic Growth Delivery Plan
  • Housing Growth Delivery Plan
  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment

In two areas of Lincolnshire the County Council is represented on Joint Strategic Planning Committees which co-ordinate work to produce a combined Local Plan:

  • Central Lincolnshire which comprises the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey. The Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 29 June 2016 for Examination by two Planning Inspectors. Following the Hearings in November - December 2016 the Inspectors issued their report early in 2017 and Plan was the adopted in April 2017.
  • South East Lincolnshire which comprises Boston and South Holland. The Draft Local Plan for Public Consultation was published in January 2016. A Public consultation on Preferred Sites for Development took place in July - August 2016. An examination in public was held in Winter 2017/18.

Two District Councils are not part of these formal joint arrangements, but work with the Strategic Planning team on specialist issues such as infrastructure provision, water management and housing need assessments:

  • East Lindsey published their Core Strategy and Settlement Proposals Development Plan Document for consultation in June-August 2016. Consultation on the Local Plan Publication Version began on 30 November 2016 and closed on 25 January 2017. An examination in public was held in Summer 2017 and Main Modifications to the Plan will be published for consultation in early 2018.
  • South Kesteven adopted their Core Strategy in 2010 and the Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document in April 2014. Work has now begun on a new Local Plan and they consulted on a Sites and Settlements document in July - August 2016. A draft Local Plan was consulted on in Summer 2017.

All seven Districts still have some saved policies from their previous Local Plans which remain “material considerations” for planning decisions.

The East Midlands Regional Plan and the Lincolnshire Structure Plan have both been revoked by Government legislation, and should no longer be referred to as “material considerations” for planning policies, applications or appeals, only as a record of the policies that were in place at the time.

The Strategic Planning team also co-ordinate comments from County Council services on Local Plans and on Neighbourhood Plans, which are being produced by some Parish Councils.

The team also maintain a strategic overview of sustainability issues and water and flood risk management. Detailed projects and specific sites are covered by separate delivery teams within Environment and Economy.

More information can be found on the Sustainability and Flood Risk Management web pages.

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Last updated: 19 December 2017

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