Saxilby villagers form action group against Lincoln growth

Residents of the Lincoln village of Saxilby have formed an action group in opposition to local councils’ 20-year plan for growth.

In a fight to ban building works on agricultural (greenfield) land, the group dubbed the Saxilby Village Action Group (SVAG) will campaign for changes to the draft of a new Local Plan.

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The plan will guide the location and development of housing, jobs, shops and schools over the next 20 years in the Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford area.

Opinions on the plans have been welcomed as initial consultations get underway and preliminary plans are available to view online.

A SVAG spokesperson said: “We realise that new housing will come, but in appropriate sites and where other existing local infrastructures can cope with increased demand, and before any such developments take place.

“The action group is pursuing a change to the settlement hierarchy in the Central Lincolnshire Preliminary Draft Plan from Category 1, the same at the City of Lincoln, to Category 3.

“We are also pressing to protect the northern edge of the village with conservation lines. This area of the village is the last truly rural aspect of our settlement and we believe that it should remain so.”

At their first meeting, a committee was formalised with Liz Hillman as Chair.

Liz recently spoke at a West Lindsey District Council meeting at the Epic Centre of concerns with the emerging Local Plan and lack of progress with the Neighbourhood Plan.

Liz said: “We must continue our fight to save our village before it loses its identity and becomes urban sprawl.”