Welcome to the Leasingham and Roxholm Neighbourhood Plan
This plan is our community’s opportunity to shape and guide development that will take place in our parish in the coming years and make sure that it is appropriate to our needs and aspirations. We can have a real say in where it goes and how it looks!
Why are we preparing a Neighbourhood Plan?
A consultation flyer asking residents opinion was delivered in the village in November 2016. The result was that 79% of those voting wanted the village to put a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) in place. The Parish Council responded to this vote and agreed to form a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to progress the plan. Several open meetings for residents took place in January to answer questions and select the Steering Group. The Steering Group is now working hard to deliver the NP. It is expected that the plan will take around two years to complete. For further details about the Steering Group and the work it is progressing, please click on the Steering Group drop down menu at the top of this page.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Local communities now have new powers to shape development through Neighbourhood Planning, a right introduced through the Localism Act 2011.
It allows us to choose where new homes, offices and other developments should be built; influence how much housing should be built, and of what type; identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets. Once approved, our Plan will have legal force in setting out what development is acceptable in our parish and for what reasons. Developers and NKDC planners will have to take notice of it. Without a NP we will have little control over any development that takes place in the parish.
Our NP must comply with the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) and the government’s wider policy of sustainable development. This means that some new housing will be built in Leasingham & Roxholm Parish in the future. The CLLP categorises our village as a medium sized village, and as such applied a growth rate of 15% for houses, meaning they require an extra 108 houses to be built in the village in the period up to 2036.
Having a NP in place will help us ensure that this housing is suitable for the parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that need to be in place to meet the demands that any new housing will make upon our community.
Submitting a Neighbourhood Plan
There are certain basic requirements, which are essential components of any Development Plan. When a Parish Council submits a plan to the local planning authority (NKDC) it must include:-
- A map of the designated area
- The proposed ‘Neighbourhood Plan’
- A ‘Consultation Statement’
- A statement explaining how the plan has met the ‘basic conditions’, i.e. a Basic Conditions Statement
We have already submitted our map and NKDC have, after a 4-week consultation period, approved our request to designate our parish as the designated area. The proposed Neighbourhood Plan, Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement will be drafted over the coming months to reflect the views of the residents and various questionnaires, flyers and events are planned later this year to gather this information. For more details about these documents please click on the respective links in the ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ drop down menu at the top of this page.