The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) have announced a 6-week consultation period where landowners, developers, and other interested parties are afforded an opportunity to participate in the review of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP). The CLLP Review has largely been driven by the publication of the Revised National Planning Policy Framework (2019) and updated evidence in relation to housing need over the Plan period.
The first stage of the Local Plan Review is the Issues and Options consultation which runs for six weeks from Thursday 6 June 2019 until Thursday 18 July 2019. All comments received will help inform the drafting of the revised Plan, which is expected be published, initially, for public consultation in 2020 before adoption in 2021 (or 2022). Alongside the Issues and Options consultation, the CLJSPC are providing a further opportunity for landowners and developers to promote sites for development through the Central Lincolnshire Call for Sites. However, the Call for Sites very much duplicates a consultation period carried out earlier in 2019 when the CLJSPC began preparing the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The CLJSPC have confirmed to Globe that sites submitted for the HELAA remain “in the system” although the Call for Sites provides an opportunity to make further submissions if appropriate on the availability and deliverability of these sites. A further consultation is also open for comment on the draft Site Assessment Methodology. This consultation is seeking views on the proposed methodology for assessing sites submitted through the Call for Sites consultation.
James Rigby, Director at Globe Consultants, observed the following:
“Our professional advice to clients is always to engage meaningfully in any Local Plan review process. This is clearly where there are opportunities to secure a significant uplift in land value if a housing or employment land allocation can be secured. Alongside this, ensuring that representations are made that seek to secure a pro-growth agenda and maximise housing delivery are also important with an eye to future planning applications which may be made once the Plan is adopted.
In terms of the CLLP Review, it is important to note that, currently, the CLJSPC are focusing on a ‘light touch’ review. Crucially, the CLLP Review seeks to reduce housing delivery by as much as a third despite the inherent contradiction within the CLJSPC’s narrative that the aspiration is to remain ‘pro-growth’. The CLJSPC are also of the opinion that its core development management policies – namely Policies LP2, LP4 and LP5 – are ‘working well’ which is at odds with our own experience of a sometimes confused decision-making process caused by ambiguity in these policies. Consequently, we believe it is important that representations are made at this crucial stage in the process to facilitate a clearer and more appropriate set of policies”.
If you would like to discuss the CLLP Review in more detail and how Globe can help promote your interests then please do not hesitate to contact one of our team members.