Lincolnshire County Council has been selected to head up a new housing growth best practice network that will champion effective approaches to sustainable growth the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced today.
The Government has ended top down targets and is committed to giving power over housing and other development back to people, communities and councils. This includes abolishing regional strategies with their centrally imposed housing targets.
The changes put local authorities in the driving seat when it comes to delivering the right growth for their area and the work that Lincolnshire County Council will lead will provide a range of support and advice that councils can draw on in developing plans and applying the very best practice when it comes to delivering sustainable development.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said:
We have moved away from the Whitehall knows best approach where central government dictated to councils what and where to build. Local councils are now free to take the decisions that are right for their communities and Lincolnshire County Council will establish a range of support, advice and links to key organisations that will help councils in getting on and deliver sustainable growth.
The council will take over the running and management of the growth points website that will provide a range of advice and guidance based on local authorities sharing experience on how they can successfully tackle environment and infrastructure issues affecting housing growth such as flooding, water supply, nature conservation impacts and transport. They will establish an advisory group bringing together local authorities, publicising case studies, linking with the private sector and universities as well as relevant departments and agencies.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is making £44,000 funding available over the next two years to support Lincolnshire in delivering this key piece of work.
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