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.