The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) was adopted by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee as recently as April 2017 and replaced the Local Plans of the City of Lincoln, West Lindsey and North Kesteven District Councils. The CLLP contains allocations for the growth and regeneration of Central Lincolnshire to cover the Plan Period up to 2036. Nevertheless, since the adoption of the CLLP, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was updated in July 2018 and there has been a major update to the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). In response to the changes to national policy, the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) have approved a proposed review of the CLLP along with a revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the timetable for the CLLP review.
Inevitably such a process is not instant and there is a requirement for a considerable amount of evidence gathering to be carried out behind the scenes before the plan review process really begins to accelerate. However, there are opportunities for public engagement in this process and, for landowners, the real potential is in engaging in any formal ‘call for sites process’ or a more evidence led ‘HEELA’ (Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment) Review. The JSPC has recently began a consultation inviting landowners to submit sites for inclusion within the HEELA.
It is important to state that the HEELA is an evidence base document and the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) have been very visible in offering a ‘disclaimer’ that “identifying sites and buildings in the assessment does not guarantee their inclusion in the Local Plan or that planning permission will be granted”. Nevertheless, for a site to be considered for a potential allocation it is essential that the JSPC are provided with evidence to demonstrate that a site is a both deliverable and developable. The HEELA process is an important first step in terms of providing an initial high-level assessment of whether a site is deliverable and developable but also, and crucially, it ensures that the site and the landowner’s intentions are known to the JSPC.
The current HEELA engagement period runs until 28 February 2019. If you have any sites which you wish to promote as a potential housing or employment land allocation then please contact us and we can provide further information in relation to the process now underway and we can put forward the best possible case on your behalf.