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Help plan future development

Residents in Boston borough are being invited to have their say on where new homes, businesses and roads should be built over the next 20 years.

A new Local Plan is being prepared for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) to guide the development and use of land up until 2036, including the provision of some 18,000 dwellings.

The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is being produced by Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council working in partnership.

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, a public consultation is being held from 8 January to 19 February 2016 which will see a series of 'drop-in' exhibition events held across the area.

Residents and business representatives are invited to come along and have their say on a variety of topics, including housing site options for towns and villages and where facilities such as schools, GP surgeries and open space should be located in order to support the new homes. This will help determine which sites are most suitable for development.

The Local Plan will also help to determine sites for future business use, to assist in the creation of the 17,000 jobs needed in South East Lincolnshire.

Other proposals concern the delivery of the Spalding Western Relief Road and the Boston Distributor Road.

This stage of the Local Plan is about involving local communities in making choices from many options - and, as yet, no firm decisions have been made on where growth will happen.

Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Local Plan which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination in late 2016.

Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and current Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "The new Local Plan is going shape the future growth of South East Lincolnshire, so it's vitally important that people have their say on the proposals.

"The plan will identify opportunities for growth and set out guidance on the development that will be permitted and where it will go.

"So please don't miss out on this rare opportunity to be involved in shaping our area's future."

The draft Local Plan and Policies Map are available to inspect at:

There will be permanent exhibitions at Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR and at Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE during the consultation period between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm.

The Policies Map Insets show whether any new development is planned in your area.

A list of the drop-in sessions is below. If you would like to have your say on the Local Plan but can't attend any of the events, you can write to us at:

The deadline for responses is 5pm on 19 February 2016.

Drop-in sessions take place at the following dates/venues between 3.30pm and 7.30pm:

Swineshead Village Hall, North End and Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street
Wednesday 13 January

Wyberton Parish Hall, London Road and Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre, Bridge Road
Friday 15 January

Old Leake Community Centre, Furlongs Lane and Long Sutton Market House, Market Street
Monday 18 January

Kirton Town Hall, Station Road
Wednesday 20 January

Butterwick Village Hall, Church Road and Donington Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street
Friday 22 January

Sutterton Village Hall, Park Avenue
Monday 25 January

Gedney Hill Memorial Hall, Hill Gate
Tuesday 26 January

Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane
Thursday 28 January

Surfleet Village Hall, Station Road
Tuesday 2 February

Crowland British Legion Hall, Broadway
Friday 5 February

South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding
Tuesday 9 February (from 11am - 3pm)

Cowbit Village Hall, Barrier Bank
Wednesday 10 February