Horncastle Town Council wants public to get involved in planning

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Horncastle Town Council has thrown open the doors in a bid to increase public involvement in the planning process.

The council has an important role to play and is consulted on all planning applications that relate to the town.

Previously, decisions are taken by the Planning and Development Committee who pass on their responses and recommendations to ELDC.

The committee has now increased the opportunity for public involvement at meetings.

All applicants are now invited to give a short presentation. Objectors can also attend and will have an opportunity to air any concerns.

For the smaller applications, there will be a time limit of five minutes each for the applicant and objectors to speak.

For larger applications there will not be a time limit, or a limit to the numbers who can speak.

Committee chairman Councillor Brian Burbidge said: “We are keen to hear from all applicants and objectors at our meetings as this helps councillors have a better understanding of each application and we can then put forward a more informed response to ELDC.”

As soon as the Town Council is informed of a planning application for consultation, it write to invite them to a meeting.

Details of the application are also included on the Town Council website so that residents will know when a specific item is being discussed.

Due to data protection rules, it is not possible to find out from the ELDC planning website which residents have objected to an application.

Residents putting in an objection to ELDC about an application are asked to forward a copy of their to the Town Council at the Town Council Office.

The office is based at the library. Alternatively, letters can be sent by email to info@horncastletowncouncil.co.uk.

The move to open up meetings follows a series of high profile planning applications in recent months – including Langton Hill, and the proposed Crowders development off Lincoln Road.