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City councillors vote to press ahead with 3,000 home Swanpool development

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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City councillors have tonight voted to move forward with plans for Lincoln's £250 million Swanpool housing development.

Proposals for the Western Growth Corridor had sparked controversy after it was revealed the 3,000 home project would be built on land at risk of flooding.

But Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council, hopes a ‘master plan’ for the site will place housing into areas of land not at risk.

Councillor Metcalfe told tonight's executive meeting of the city council that the Western Growth Corridor was the "biggest and best" chance of boosting housing and employment in Lincoln.

Speaking to the Echo afterwards, he added: “The Environment Agency have withdrawn the objection that they had.

“We know we can not only develop here safely but we can also improve the flood protection for the rest of the city, which is an important message to get out there.

“We have satisfied the Environment Agency that there are solutions available.

“It is only the more detailed work about how the master planning for the area will take account of the new footprints for the development.

“The housing development will take place where there is no flood risk but the detail has yet to be worked out.”

The finer details of flood defences are set to be discussed early next year, but could include land drainage systems and use the natural landscape.

Up to 3,000 homes will be created, with 600 of those being made affordable, along with shops and business units.

And once built, the 320-hectare site would generate around £840,000 in council tax revenue each year.

The City of Lincoln Council is working in joint partnership with Taylor Wimpey, while keeping its 42 per cent share of the land.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 14 2013, 10:36AM

    How much better it would be if Rick29 armed himself with facts ....... The 'useless Labour led council' doesn't have anything to do with building the bypass; that's the work of the (Conservative led) County Council. Maybe those who favoured his words with their up-ticks should arm themselves with the facts, too - then we'd all be better informed.

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  • rick29  |  December 12 2013, 8:48AM

    lets say 3000 homes are built how does that equate to £840,000 extra a year that's only like £280 council tax per house per year, when a Tax Band A property is nearly £1000 a year.

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  • Pete67  |  December 10 2013, 6:13PM

    Just think if the councillors went to live there people would know well ahead if there was a flood coming as 'a sinking ship' comes to mind.

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  • ranza1  |  December 10 2013, 11:12AM

    This project certainly warrants the application of a 'masterplan'. With predicted future extreme weather the site will need to incorporate pumping facilities with substantial, reliable energy input. The local incinerator is seeking a suitable outlet for l the waste heat created so why not incorporate district heating in this development. We are aware the Health Protection Agency is currently carrying out a survey into health and environmental impact within a 15km radius of incinerators so at least the opportunity for discounted heat would help compensate for degraded air quality . It is noted LCC recently claimed in the 'County News' that emissions from the incinerator would be 'clean' totally conflicting with the schedule of hazardous pollutants detailed in the Environmental Statement . We are aware deadly PM pollution created will equate to millions of diesel vehicle journeys travelled locally each day , just check stated emissions against EURO6 vehicle emissions data. It is just hoped that joined up thinking ,due diligence and duty of care will be applied to the Swanpool project. Rgds Brian Wilson

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  • rick29  |  December 10 2013, 9:02AM

    that should be "Shouldnt" be done until the useless labour led council builds the bypass first*

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  • rick29  |  December 10 2013, 9:01AM

    this should be done until this useless labour led council builds the bypass first.

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  • VictorToo  |  December 10 2013, 8:53AM

    The thing is, you can drain the land as much as you want, but when you get heavy persistant rain, it has to go somewhere. Firstly, it isn't going to be able to soak in, as the land will have been concreted over, and unless you're going to dredge the Witham and make it three or four times bigger, I'm not sure what you're going to do with that volume of water, especially when we already have problems with flooding in Lincoln.

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  December 09 2013, 11:26PM

    "But Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council, hopes a 'master plan' for the site will place housing into areas of land not at risk." Yeah, good luck with that... http://tinyurl.com/czze35

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  • IT_MAN  |  December 09 2013, 11:15PM

    Just ask the people in homes that have been flooded if it is worth taking a risk building homes and shops on land that flood in the future, I can't see them building 3000 homes on two metre high stilts to protect from the water if it does flood, who will give affordable insurance cover.

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  • Phil1W  |  December 09 2013, 10:46PM

    So, 3000 new homes? I've not yet heard any mention of at least 3000 more cars in the city! Some of those will be coming into/through the city every day. Others will be leaving the city every day to commute to other places for work etc. Surely some of that 250 million pounds needs to be spent on dualling the bypass from Pennells roundabout up to Whisby and from Doddington roundabout up to Skellingthorpe roundabout. Much of the extra traffic will be using the western bypass and we all know the single carriageway parts struggle to cope at busy times!

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