Councillor hits out at ELDC over plan delays

Committee chairman Bill Aron who is adamant ELDC can't continue to delay key local plan
Committee chairman Bill Aron who is adamant ELDC can't continue to delay key local plan
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A key planning document that will shape the future of Horncastle will not be “swept under the carpet” councillors have been told.

East Lindsey District Council has been roundly criticised for not finalising its ‘Local Plan.’

The plan will be a blueprint for all future development in the district, including Horncastle.

It will recommend the number of homes that can be built in towns and villages, making it difficult for developers to secure permission - particularly when there is local opposition.

ELDC’s first local plan was rejected by the Government who effectively told the authority to “think again.’

Now, town councillor Stuart Attwood has questioned why ELDC had still not finalised or submitted a new plan.

Speaking at a meeting of the Town Council’s planning committee, he claimed ELDC’s planning supremo Craig Leyland had promised the plan would be ready by March or April. He said that deadline had now passed - without any sign of the plan.

Coun Attwood said the delay was a concern as Horncastle had recently submitted its own Neighbourhood Development Plan which had to ‘tie in’ the ELDC document.

Coun Attwood said: “Why the delays? It seems we have been waiting 14 months for this. Are we going to have to wait 14 years?”

Committee chairman Bill Aron said he thought the delay had been caused by district council elections.

He added: “ELDC know they have to produce a local plan.

“They can’t just sweep it under the carpet. The Government would intervene.”