On 21 June 2016 North Kesteven District Council resolved to designate the whole of Sleaford Town and Kirkby La Thorpe Parish as a Neighbourhood Plan Area in accordance with the Section 61G of Town and Council Planning Act 1990 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011). The designation of a Neighbourhood Area being one of the statutory requirements needed to be in place to enable a Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted and formally become a part of the Development Plan, and be used in the determination of planning applications by the District Council.
Sleaford Town Council and Kirkby La Thorpe Parish Council submitted an application to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan. After a four week publication period, this application was approved by North Kesteven District Council on 21 June 2016. The consultation for the area designation received no representations.