Neighbourhood Plan

On the 6th November 2023 our Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted by West Lindsey District Council.

Below is the final approved document being handed to Cllr M Boles of WLDC by the Neighbourhood Plan committee Chairman Mrs Connie Hurd & her Husband Mark


You can see the final plan in the PDF below


or it can be viewed online here

We have now reached the referendum stage, this will take place on 19th October 2023

This will be conducted by West Lindsey District Council, The relevant documents are below

Notice of Referendum

Information Statement

Decision Statement

Dates & Deadlines (Voting)

WLDC Website with all documents (see here for final referendum Version)

Regulation 16 Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 consultation undertaken in 2021, the Parish Council considered all responses and made amendments to the draft Neighbourhood Plan. A summary of the responses is included in the consultation statement. The Regulation 16 Plan and additional supporting documents is set out below:

Hemswell_Cliff_Draft_Neighbourhood_Plan Reg 16 Final draft (Optimized).pdf




The draft Neighbourhood Plan includes the following proposals:

  • developing a shared vision for Hemswell Cliff including growth in housing and jobs and to establish a village centre;
  • sets out where new homes, shops, offices, and other development should be built
  • identifying and protecting local green spaces
  • including a separate Design Code which looks at the design of new developments.

The Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory document that will be incorporated into West Lindsey District Council’s planning framework and will be used to determine future planning applications.

The draft Plan has been produced by the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee (including volunteer local residents) with support from Open Plan Consultants Limited.

Click on the links below to view the draft Neighbourhood Plan and Design Code

Neighbourhood Plan document

Design Code

Green Space Assessment

Character Assessment

You may also find the following supporting documents of interest which were produced with support from AECOM. These were funded by Government Grants.

Site Options and Assessment

Housing Needs Assessment

Strategic Environment Assessment

What happens now?

West Lindsey District Council will assess the plan and once that has been complete, West Lindsey District Council will organise a referendum where all local residents will vote yes or no whether to adopt a Neighbourhood Plan. It is expected that the referendum will take place in 2022.

The Plan will be reviewed every three years.

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood plans are a new tool designed to give communities more control over the type, location, size, pace and design of development in their area. They were introduced under the Localism Act 2011 as part of a suite of new community rights. In an area which contains all or part of the administrative area of a parish council it will lead responsibility for neighbourhood planning.

Hemswell Cliff Parish Council has started the process to developing a Neighbourhood Plan. A committee formed to oversee the project - click here for minutes and agendas.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Plans and the process you download the guide written by the Local Government Association - download or visit West Lindsey District Council's website - click here.