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Planning Policy

This section contains information on current and emerging planning policy for the South Holland district. It also contains advice on how to use the South East Lincolnshire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (March 2017) and on applying the Sequential Test for Flood Risk to planning applications.


South East Lincolnshire Local Plan

We have produced a new Local Plan jointly with Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 23 June 2017 and underwent an examination in public. The plan identifies land and  allocates sites for different types of development such as housing and employment, in order to meet the area's needs, as well as identifying those areas of land which must be protected from development - perhaps because of their historic or environmental importance. It also covers a wide range of other planning related matters in the form of policies, against which planning applications can be judged.

The Plan was adopted on 8 March 2019. More information can be found on the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan website.

South East Lincolnshire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

The South East Lincolnshire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) (March 2017) is used to undertake the Sequential Test for flood risk in South Holland. Advice on how the Sequential Test should be applied for planning applications can be found on pages 12 and 13 of the strategic flood risk assessment report (revised December 2017):

For information on the type and extent of flood risk mitigation that may be required for a development to be deemed acceptable, please select the link titled 'Appendix C' on the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan website.

The SFRA hazard and depth mapping can be accessed via the links below. For the purposes of the Sequential Test, the 2115 (1 percent fluvial, 0.5 percent tidal) mapping should be used for both hazard and depth: