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Have your say on Local Plan - before deadline

Residents in South Holland have just days remaining to have their say on where new homes, businesses and roads should be built over the next 20 years.

Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones

A new Local Plan is being prepared for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) to guide the development and use of land up until 2036, including the provision of some 18,000 dwellings.

The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is being produced by Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council working in partnership.

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, a public consultation exercise was launched on January 8 and runs until 5pm on Friday, February 19.

Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and current Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said:

"The consultation ends soon so please don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to be involved in shaping our area's future."

The consultation has seen a series of 'drop-in' sessions held across the area which were attended by hundreds of people and have resulted in much helpful feedback.

In South Holland, this has included concerns about the ability of existing community and physical infrastructure to cope with new development.

Questions have also been raised over whether the large number of houses proposed is justified.

While the delivery of the Spalding Western Relief Road is supported in principle, there is concern about its impact on traffic levels if it is delivered piecemeal.

Responses to the consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Local Plan which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination in late 2016.

To have your say on the Local Plan you can do any of the following:

· Leave your comments on our interactive website: www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/consultation

· Fill in a response form available from either council's offices or any of the area's libraries

· Write to us at: South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8QR

· Email us at: southeastlincslocalplan@sholland.gov.uk

For more information on the Local Plan visit www.southeastlincslocalplan.org

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