Planning Policy

This section contains information on current and emerging planning policy for the 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 23rd 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 our dedicated website: South East Lincs Local Plan


South East Lincolnshire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (March 2017) and the Sequential Test for Flood Risk

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 SFRA report (revised December 2017) (link below):

Icon for pdf South East Lincolnshire SFRA Report (March 2017) (including guidance on applying the Sequential Test for planning applications) [5.97MB]

For information on the type and extent of flood risk mitigation that may be required for a development to be deemed acceptable, please follow the link below and click on Appendix C of the SFRA:

South East Lincolnshire Recommended Flood Risk Mitigation Measures

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

South East Lincolnshire SFRA (March 2017) Hazard Mapping

South East Lincolnshire SFRA (March 2017) Depth Mapping

In addition please see our Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance pages for access to the supplementary documents.

For information on Neighbourhood Areas please see our Neighbourhood Planning pages



Please choose a document below to open up the relevant guidance note.
The documents associated with the Water Study can be viewed below:
The Government has introduced a requirement for all Local Authorities to prepare a Brownfield Land Register for their area. The Brownfield Land Register provides publicly available information on Brownfield (previously developed) land that is suitable for housing.
Introduced through the Localism Act in 2011, Neighbourhood Planning offers communities the opportunity to take a proactive role in shaping the future of the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals.
The report below sets out South Holland District's 5-year housing land supply position.