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North Kesteven is a local government district in the East Midlands, situated just over 100 miles north of London. It is located east of Nottingham and south of Lincoln. North Kesteven is one of seven districts in Lincolnshiremarker, Englandmarker and is in the centre of the County. Its council, North Kesteven District Council, is based in Sleafordmarker.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972. It was a merger of the previous urban district of Sleafordmarker, along with East Kesteven Rural Districtmarker and North Kesteven Rural Districtmarker, all from the administrative county of Kesteven.

North Kesteven borders West Lindseymarker and the city of Lincolnmarker to the north, East Lindseymarker to the north-east, Boston marker to the east, South Hollandmarker to the south-east, South Kestevenmarker to the south, and the county of Nottinghamshiremarker to the west.


North Kesteven covers an area of 356 square miles or around 92,000 hectares, of which 94% is classified as green space, which includes agricultural land and open space .

The district is characterised by small settlements and large areas of arable farmland. More than 80% of the population live in rural settlements or a market town .

North Kesteven also has a relatively underdeveloped transport infrastructure. As a result, local communities have historically been self-reliant, with parish and town councils providing services, such as playing fields or play areas, which are frequently provided by district councils elsewhere.


The predominately rural nature of the district has encouraged people to move to tha area to take advantage of its quality of life, low crime rates, relatively low house prices, good-quality education and local heritage. This is reflected in research, which has shown 90% of residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live and 82% of residents feel their area is a place where people from different backgrounds can get on well together .

North Kesteven's residents live in around 100 mainly small communities. Major concentrations are in Sleaford, with a population of over 17,000; North Hykeham, with around 13,500 residents; and 10 larger villages with populations of over 2,500 . Within the district, 40% of the population live in the "Lincoln Fringe", the area immediately surrounding Lincoln City . 72 parishes serve the district communities, comprising 58 parish councils, two town councils and 12 parish meetings.

The population of the district is 104,800 equating to just over one person per hectare. The population grew by 11.5% between 2001 and 2007, making the district one of the top six fastest-growing districts in England and Wales . This rate of growth is a result of high house-building rates and consequent in-migration to the district from elsewhere in England, as opposed to natural population change.

The growth in population is projected to continue with an extra 14,000 homes expected from 2001 to 2026 .


The district has comprehensive schools in North Hykehammarker, Branstonmarker and Welbournmarker. The area around Sleafordmarker (including Ruskingtonmarker) has selective schools. In 2007, the district had the third best results in the county at GCSE . Other schools in the area include Kesteven and Sleaford High School and Branston Community Collegemarker.


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