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Speaking to the Echo afterwards, he added: “The Environment Agency have withdrawn the objection that they had.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