Thousands have say on ambitious Lincolnshire infrastructure plans

Thousands of residents have given local authorities their opinions on a big scheme to transform the infrastructure of certain Lincolnshire areas.

The opinions are in response to the plans for shaping future growth in central Lincolnshire.

The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee proposals see 42,800 more homes, schools, and more over the next 20 years to cater for a growing community.

So far, 2,000 people have attended public events across the area and 3,000 individual responses have been received with 25,000 comments to questions asked within the site allocation.

However, those wanting to have their say on the proposals only have a few days left to do so.

Residents can leave their views on the Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Community Infrastructure Levy consultations.

The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee is made up of representatives from the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven and West Lindsey District Councils.

Together, they published the Core Strategy, setting out the overall planning framework for Lincoln, Sleaford, Gainsborough and other rural areas.

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The consultation is running for six weeks, and residents have until 5pm on Monday, September 9 to register an opinion.

The final plan, along with all comments, will be submitted to the Government in October.

Residents can also have their say on Community Infrastructure Levy — a levy which would see developers pay money towards provisions such as schools or better sewerage works in November.

This consultation is part one of the seven-stage plan, with the second part, Issues and Options, getting underway in April 2014.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City Council and Chairman of the Committee, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into these proposals, which will shape how the central part of our county will evolve over the next 20 years.

“This will impact on future generations so we need to get it right. That is why it is so important for people make their views known. Changes on this scale are not always popular and the key is to influence the change you want.

“We hope to create communities which are self-sufficient and where transport, goods and service needs are all met.

“It is vital that anyone who wants to have a say on any of these documents does so before the closing dates.”

To comment on the consultations, visit Central-lincs.org.uk or telephone 01529 308131.