An introduction to the Neighbourhood Plan

Introduction to the Scopwick and Kirkby Green Neighbourhood Plan

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new right for communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan, allowing local communities to play a more positive role in the planning decisions for their area.

We started this process in the Scopwick and Kirkby Green parish in August 2018 with a community consultation survey.  Community Lincs, who carried out the survey, produced a report on the survey findings and this, together with the full survey results can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 2019 page.

We also established a working group of volunteers to develop the plan.  This group is made up of Parish Council members and local residents with membership currently of Peter Reeds (Chairman), Owen Davies (Finance and Parish Councillor), David Nelson (Parish Councillor) and Charles Kerrigan (Secretary). A liink to the Terms of Reference for this group can be found here and meeting papers can be found in the NPG Agenda and NPG Minutes pages.

A vision statement for the Plan was developed following the 2018 consultation and is:

In 15 years’ time Scopwick and Kirkby Green Parish will still be an historic, rural and peaceful place with easy and immediate access to the countryside. It will value its resident’s well-being, the open spaces within the villages and the countryside around it that are integral to its character. It will be a more environmentally friendly place to live. Development in the Parish will be small in scale and will be supported where it is sympathetic to the character of the Parish and necessary to meet local housing need and to secure social and economic prosperity for the community, its services and facilities."

Since then a number of documents have been produced to support the draft Plan and links to these can be found below:  

Scopwick & Kirkby Green Housing Needs Assessment

Scopwick & Kirkby Green Neighbourhood Plan Site Assessment

Scopwick & Kirkby Green Neighbourhood Plan Site Allocation

Scopwick & Kirkby Green Neighbourhood Plan Future Development Design Codes

Neighbourhood Plan Pre-submission Draft

Strategic Environmental & Habitats Regulations Assessment January 2022

SEA & HRA Determination Statement January 2022

In 2021 a second consultation exercise was undertaken and information relating to this can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan 2021 Survey Report page.

The Plan is now being submitted to North Kesteven District Council and the referendum on the Plan is expected to take place in the Spring


To comment on this vision and to for further information about the Plan see other documents on this site and visit the Scopwick and Kirkby Green Neighbourhood Plan website.