Consultation events to show residents how their areas may develop over the next two decades got underway at the weekend.
The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee is seeking people’s views on the best sites for new housing, employment, roads, schools and other community assets.
The first of these events was held at the Riverside Festival in Gainsborough on Saturday.
The next in this area will take place on Tuesday 9th July at Scotter Village Hall, then on Wednesday 31st July at Trent Valley Academy in Gainsborough. Both events run from 6pm to 8pm.
Members of the public can attend these meetings to look at maps of the plans and officers will be on hand to address any questions and concerns people raise.
Village or neighbourhood-specific maps showing all of the local areas put forward by landowners as potential development sites to date can also be seen at all local council offices.
The outline plans for Gainsborough include the building of three ‘new neighbourhoods’ of 7,000 homes, more shops and businesses and 15 hectares of employment land.
Coun Burt Keimach, chairman of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said it was important that the county plans ahead and makes the right choices for future growth.
“This is why we are seeking your input into identifying the potential of where you live – whether it’s a part of the city, a town, village or hamlet,” he continued.
“By you highlighting the priorities as you see them for your local area, we can aim to match growth opportunities to growth potential and plan improvements alongside houses so that neighbourhoods grow in a sustainable way.”
People have until 16th September to make their comments on the plans.
Questionnaires are available at all council offices around the county as well as all local libraries. It can also be downloaded at www.central-lincs.orh.uk