Residents and businesses across South Kesteven have the opportunity to help determine the future shape of the district in a series of ten drop-in events that begin on Thursday 6 July.
They are encouraged to attend consultation events during July and August to see the latest version of a Local Plan, which aims to pave the way for high-quality sustainable growth in the district until 2036.
The plan will be published on SKDC’s web site on 3 July. Drop in events take place over a six week period until Friday 11 August. Comments are invited until 4.00pm that day.
In the Local Plan foreword, Coun Mike King, Cabinet Member for Economy and Development, described the new Plan as ‘a framework document’ to help South Kesteven’s towns, villages and countryside to grow as thriving local communities.
It combines tried and tested policies with new or enhanced measures for employment and housing locations and a policy relaxation to allow some homes for local people in even the smallest villages.
Specifics include a new 96-hectare employment location close to the A1 at Grantham, development of the town’s Spitalgate Heath Garden Village, a new housing area in Stamford, limited new housing sites to the north west of Bourne and new employment and housing sites in Market Deeping.
The Plan recognises the importance of the visitor and retail economy building on the heritage and vibrancy of South Kesteven’s market towns and villages. A new Supplementary Planning Document will also be produced to ensure good design.
A questionnaire will help gather information about specific polices and site allocations.
Coun King said: “This is a golden opportunity for everyone to have their say on what the district is going to look like for years to come and how it can perform for everyone.
“We have a variety of ways for everyone to voice their opinion, from the general public to our business leaders and partners. We welcome comments regarding the Plan’s aims and proposed policies.
“Please come along to one of our public events and talk to our staff. Alternatively you can go online and leave us your comments or fill in our questionnaire. Last year’s consultation resulted in 600 responses and we want to exceed that this time round.”
The roadshows, starting in Long Bennington on 6 July, will showcase preferred site allocations and reflect representations received during the last consultation in 2016.
Paper copies of the Plan and questionnaires are available free of charge from council offices at Grantham, Stamford, Bourne Community Access Point and Market Deeping Community Centre.
6 July Long Bennington (Village Hall). 1pm – 6.30pm
10 July Grantham (Isaac Newton Centre). 11am – 4pm
12 July Market Deeping (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
12 July Market Deeping (Deepings Community Centre). 5pm – 7.30pm
17 July Corby Glen (Village Hall). 5pm – 7.30pm
20 July Bourne (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
20 July Bourne (Corn Exchange). 5pm – 7.30pm
28 July Stamford (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
28 July Stamford (Arts Centre). 5pm – 7.30pm
4 August Grantham (Isaac Newton Centre). 11am – 4pm