How a Neighbourhood Plan will benefit Sleaford

A Neighbourhood Plan will give the people of Sleaford a greater say over how our town develops. A Neighbourhood Plan is a legally binding document that the District Council and the County Council must take notice of when anyone applies to build new houses, shops, schools, roads, or any other construction in Sleaford.

A Neighbourhood Plan sets out where the people of Sleaford want to see new developments take place. It also describes the style of new buildings that we want to see and the best of the old that we want to preserve.

The Plan will set out the mix of private and social housing we need, so that affordable homes are available. It will also describe the areas that we want to see protected from development such as our recreation areas and Local Nature Reserves.

A Neighbourhood Plan will give the community of Sleaford a way of guiding future growth of the town up to 2036. By having a Neighbourhood Plan, we will have a legally enforceable way of controlling and influencing some aspects of future development. If we do not have a Neighbourhood Plan, the District Council and the County Council will make all the decisions about how our town develops.

With a Neighbourhood Plan, we will also gain a greater share of Community Infrastructure Levy monies from new housing developments, which we can spend on more community projects such as parks and play areas.

But a Neighbourhood Plan must involve local people to be successful. So please help us to develop the Plan for Sleaford.

What Is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood Planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011.

Neighbourhood Plans give communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. Local people are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.

Neighbourhood Planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.

To help deliver their vision communities that take a proactive approach by drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan and secure the consent of local people in a referendum, will benefit from 25 percent of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that takes place in their area. You can find out more from the neighbourhood planning website.

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans will become part of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (when completed in this area of Lincolnshire) and the policies contained within will be used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

How does it work?

Local Parish or Town Councils will lead on Neighbourhood Planning in their areas. The Local Planning Authority is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area within which the Neighbourhood Development Plan will have effect. . It will also organise the independent examination of the plan and the community referendum that is held at the end of the process. The referendum is an important part of the process, allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan comes into effect or not.

Who will lead the Sleaford Neighbourhood Plan?

Although Sleaford Town Council are the qualifying body a working group has been formed to guide and lead the development of the plan and ensure involvement of the local community. If you have time to spare you can volunteer to serve on the Neighbourhood Plan working group to help manage the process. You can volunteer to help in other ways, there are numerous jobs and skills required to develop the plan for example:

  • delivering leaflets
  • helping with the website
  • creating videos
  • taking pictures
  • join a working group that focuses on a particular topic that interests you

How the Plan will be Paid For

It will cost us £15,000 to produce the Neighbourhood Plan. Consultants will support the Working Group with writing the plan and carrying out engagement activities. A grant from central government of £10,000 will cover most of the cost. The remaining £5,000 is being paid by Sleaford Town Council. Once the Plan is in place, Sleaford Town Council will receive a 25% increase in its share of the Community Infrastructure Levy (a charge on developers) amounting to many thousands of pounds each year.

Working Group Members

Chairman – Councillor Robert Oates – Member for Holdingham Ward on Sleaford Town Council and North Kesteven District Council

Cllr Robert Oates is the Lincolnshire Independent member for Holdingham Ward on Sleaford Town Council and North Kesteven District Council. He is currently Chairman and Mayor of Sleaford Town Council, where one of his ambitions is to deliver the first ever Neighbourhood Plan. Robert had a first career in government service in Whitehall and a second career with conservation charities where he retired as Executive Director.

Councillor Paul Edwards-Shea – Member for Quarrington Ward on Sleaford Town Council
Clare Edwards – National Centre for Craft and Design, representative for creative sectorl
Councillor Ken Fernandes – Member for Holdingham Ward on Sleaford Town Council
Councillor David Suiter – Member for Navigation Ward on Sleaford Town Council
Mr Keith Maltby – representing faith groups

Keith Maltby represents the local Churches and Faith groups. Keith has considerable connections with local charitable groups as well as a role in Churches Together. He has also been an experienced human resource professional and has substantial experience in local government. He is currently workplace chaplain with North Kesteven District Council.

Mr Nick Law – representing the education sector

Nick Law has taught in Lincolnshire all of his career and has been Head of Carre’s Grammar School since January 2008. During that time the school has become an Academy, and, latterly, a Multi-Academy Trust. Since September 2015 he has been the Executive Headteacher of The Robert Carre Trust, a partnership between Carre’s and Kesteven and Sleaford High School, and is a member of the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership Board. He is committed to working collaboratively with other school leaders and members of the community to provide the best possible opportunities for students in the town and across the county.

Ms Harriet Wells – representing Millstream Square businesses

Mr David Marriage – representing the heritage sector

Has senior executive career in engineering, working at Pye Television, Plessey Company, Marconi Research, Car industry engine research and

manufacturing, finishing at British Aerospace. After retiring in 1996 David became involved with his village Parish Council, and was in charge of site infrastrucutre at Station X – Bletchley Park. After moving permanently to Sleaford in 2010 he became involved in the local community with Sleaford Museum and the town’s Civic Trust.

Ms Kathy Blythe – representing the environment sector
Supported by: Ms Nicola Marshall, Deputy Town Clerk, Sleaford Town Council


STAGE 1 – Engaging with our Community

August 2020

Consultants appointed

September 2020 onwards

Community Engagement Activities

November 2020

Household and Business Questionnaires circulated

May 2021 

Consultation Analysis Report produced

September 2021 

Vision and objectives consultation

November 2021 

Vision and objectives report produced


STAGE 2– Developing the Evidence Base

December 2021

Neighbourhood Profile produced

March 2022

Green Infrastructure and Local Green Space Assessment Produced

STAGE 3– Producing the Neighbourhood Plan

June 2022

Writing of draft plan begins

September 2022

Draft plan submitted to local Planning Authority (NKDC).

October 2022

Independent examination of the draft plan

November 2022

Public referendum on the draft plan

January 2023

The plan is adopted as part of the development planning process

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