Senior councillor says Local Plan ‘could go further’ ahead of crunch vote

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A senior councillor says the Local Plan - due to go before East Lindsey District Council next week - is a ‘good plan’ which ‘clears some of the mystique’ around planning, but added he personally does not think it goes far enough in areas.

The plan includes a requirement to build 7,819 houses over the next 13 years, with consent already given to 1,257 developments on the coast and 3,118 inland.

A nearly five per cent margin above the requirement asks the authority to build another 3,810 homes inland to bring the total to 8,185.

Deputy leader of ELDC, Councillor Graham Marsh, said in principle the local plan was good.

“I personally think we should have it. It gives a guide to officers and people who want to develop in our area. It clears some of the mystique.

“The assumption should be that it’s granted unless it is contrary to national policies and frameworks.

“But, we need to encourage growth that’s fitting to the area and not just swamping it.”

He hoped the plan would enable people to feel their input into local planning concerns was valued and taken into account.

“It is better than the mishmash of plans we have got at the moment. It identifies sites in the many areas where we have to have development.”

He said however, the local plan didn’t go far enough when it came to affordable housing – particularly young people buying their first property.

“We could put more restrictions on who can buy these,” he said, asking for more to be done to ring fence them for people with local connections.

Currently, he said, some affordable houses were bought by people from outside the local area because they were cheaper.

He acknowledged there were processes in place to do this outside of the local plan, but said it would strengthen powers if it was included.

“If we had more housing which was specifically there, and could be built to be accepted by people with a local connection.

“It’s not in the local plan, and there the plan could go further, but it doesn’t,” he said.

Here is where housing will be allocated if the plans are approved and adopted, along with modifications set to be made next week:

Alford – 66 (down from 161)

Binbrook – 0

Burgh Le Marsh 148 (up from 95)

Coningsby/Tattershall – 417

Friskney – 59

Grainthorpe – 9 (down from 18)

Hogsthorpe – 91 (down from 100)

Holton Le Clay – 314

Horncastle – 0

Huttoft – 0

Legbourne – 23

Louth -1,204

Manby/Grimoldby – 77

Mareham Le Fen – 113

Marshchapel – 0 (down from 84)

North Thoresby – 165 (up from 160)

Partney – 0

Sibsey – 239

Spilsby – 380 (up from 264)

Stickney – 18 (down from 24)

Tetford – 0

Tetney – 47 (down from 57)

Wainfleet – 96

Woodhall Spa – 312

Wragby – 32

Total – 3,810 (down from 3,901)