I admit to often grumbling about the painfully slow pace of local authority plan making, particularly in Lincolnshire where we do a lot of our planning work. However, some of the work being prepared for the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit – or JPU – has persuaded me that sometimes there are good reasons for this tardiness.
The Portrait of Place report documents the findings of the first stage of the Sustainable Futures project which will eventually form a key part of the evidence base for the Core Strategy. The work has identified a new typology for the different roles that settlement in Central Lincolnshire play based on a really comprehensive assessment of the ways in which these places function and the relationships they share. This makes a refreshing change from the very narrow and simplistic tick box approach often used to analyse the “sustainability” of places and has resulted in a robust and credible piece of work that should make for a well informed core strategy – and one that should be easily defendable.
The document can be found on the recently launched JPU website which, itself, also deserves a mention for being a big improvement on the previous arrangement of information being scattered across the websites of the three authorities and is also very user-friendly, unlike most local authority websites.