Neighbourhood Plan


The Parish Council is now at the position of consulting on its draft Neighbourhood Plan.

The 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.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the draft plan so that we can be sure that the plan truly reflects the view of local residents and businesses prior to its formal submission to West Lindsey District Council.

This public consultation starts on Monday 5 July until Sunday 16 August 2021.

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

Neighbourhood Plan document

Design Code

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

If you would like to make some comments on the plan please download THIS form complete and return by email.

[email protected]

If you’d like to discuss any aspects of the Plan including if you are struggling to access the information or send it back electronically contact the Clerk Helen Reek on 07999 799895, email as above or send a message on our Facebook page.

The Neighbourhood Plan Committee are organising a drop in event at Hemswell Cliff on Tuesday 27 July 2021 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This event provides an opportunity to find out more about the Plan and an opportunity to submit comments at the event.

What happens next?

After the consultation closes, the Neighbourhood Plan Committee will consider all the comments made and make recommendations to the Parish Council of any changes to the draft Plan.

The Parish Council will consider these recommendations and agree a final Neighbourhood Plan which is then submitted to West Lindsey District Council as planning authority.

They 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 later in 2021.

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.