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2,700 homes at Swanpool in Lincoln move one step closer

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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Controversial plans to build almost 3,000 homes on Swanpool in Lincoln look set to be approved by City of Lincoln councillors.

Members of the Executive are being asked to support the plans which will see 2,700 homes built on land prone to flooding between Boultham and Birchwood.

The Western Growth Corridor has been earmarked as one of central Lincolnshire’s three Sustainable Urban Extensions which will provide the area with an additional 18,000 homes before 2031.

Although the 320-hectare site has been considered for development before, concerns over flooding have stopped it progressing further.

But following work with flood risk experts the council has prepared a list of measures to address these concerns, causing the Environment Agency to remove its objection.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City Council, said: “This is a big step forward in ensuring growth for the future.

"While there is substantial work to do in relation to flood mitigation measures needed to make the development possible, this represents a major breakthrough for the Western Growth Corridor.

“The decisions we make now will have a long-lasting impact on the future of Lincoln and only through growth can we provide for future generations.

“This development will help us meet all of our main priorities, by growing the local economy through new investment and job opportunities and protecting the poorest residents through an increase in affordable, energy-efficient housing.”

The development aims to provide high quality, affordable and energy-efficient housing, provide new employment opportunities and attract investment through a business park, shops, and community facilities.

Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive of the City Council, said: “With members’ support, we can create a masterplan for the site – addressing issues such as the infrastructure, layout, land uses and what mix of housing and services we will need to provide.

"We need to explore all the options in more detail to find the best way to achieve our aims, while minimising the risks.

"The Western Growth Corridor would provide the single largest area of employment land in the city and within the central Lincolnshire area.

"Without the site, the council does not have enough employment land to match growth.

“Growth is essential to provide homes, jobs and services, as well as attract investment into the city. We want this city to be an outstanding place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

If the Executive support the recommendations at the meeting on December 9 they will then be referred to full council.

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  • williegamble  |  December 04 2013, 10:11PM

    "Without the site, the council does not have enough employment land to match growth." Says it all- Its of no interest to councillors that the land is not suitable due to it barely being able to drain itself without then adding roads and reducing drainage capability. Historically this low lying land was marsh, as far as the water table is concerned it still is. We're just building to fit in with directives and targets, without considering our roles as guardians for the area, nature conservation, transport planning or infrastructure, I wander what the bill was for the wine during the meeting that thought this up!

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  December 04 2013, 1:16PM

    Too many large scale developments and land grab being proposed around the county when there just aren't the jobs to sustain them - never mind the impact on roads, schools, NHS etc. Lincolnshire councils need a longer term housing strategy not a piecemeal approach. How the building of 2700 homes is going to help grow the economy by conjuring up jobs and opportunities to go with them is rather simplistic view by Mr Taylor.

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  • owdgiffer  |  December 04 2013, 12:30PM

    Now that we are opening the floodgates even further to our European friends who will 'apparently' work in the agriculture and hospitality sectors, then they will need somewhere to live.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 04 2013, 12:26PM

    "Have they thought that maybe people like Lincoln as it is, a nice compact City with (mostly) friendly people?" (I've added the missing question mark.) Possibly - but you can bet a pound to a penny that they've considered the fact that people need homes and there aren't enough at the moment ...... And that the population will continue to grow ...... so the demand for homes will continue to grow ...... And that the government has placed an obligation on local councils to build a very large number of homes over the next couple of decades ..... We might not like change - but, in line with death and taxation, it's pretty-well unavoidable. We'd better get used to it.

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  • VictorToo  |  December 04 2013, 11:32AM

    Why do they think it's good for the City to build a load of new homes in an area that's prone to flooding ? Have they thought that maybe people like Lincoln as it is, a nice compact City with (mostly) friendly people. It's already difficult to get around Lincoln as it is, add another 18000 plus people and it'll become next to impossible. The added stresses imposed on services such as schools and health care is going to be huge, and where are the jobs?, or is this 'low cost housing' just a euphemism for somewhere to put less desirable elements of the community.

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