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Help shape the borough's future

Residents in Boston borough are being invited to have their say on the publication version of a development blueprint for the area's future.

The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, covering Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council areas, has been prepared to guide development and use of land in the area up until 2036.

It includes sites to be allocated for different types of development, such as housing and employment in order to meet the area's needs, as well as identifying areas of land which must be protected.

It also covers a wide range of other planning-related matters in the form of policies, against which planning applications can be judged.

The publication version of the plan will be made available to residents as part of a six-week consultation period starting on April 10 and running until May 22.

This is the final round of consultation that will take place before the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in public.

Unlike previous consultations, comments made must now relate to whether the plan is "sound" and complies with legal and procedural requirements - a guidance note on how to make comments is available at

Cllr Peter Bedford, chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee and Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "We have taken on board the comments you have made so far about how you would like to see Boston Borough and South Holland developed.

"A lot of work has gone into its production and it cannot be stressed enough how important this will be in influencing where we build up until 2036.

"You now have a final chance to comment on the plan, before it is submitted, to help shape the future for generations to come."

All of the documents being published for consultation will be available to view from April 10 online at; in libraries and mobile libraries and at the council offices in Boston and Spalding, during normal office hours.

You can comment on the consultation documents in the following ways:

Comments must be received by 5pm on May 22. If you have commented during previous consultations it is not necessary to repeat those comments this time around as they have already been considered in reaching this stage. All comments made in previous consultations will be submitted to the Secretary of State.

For more information contact the Local Planning team by emailing or call 01775 764476.