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Councillors urged to back 3,000 new homes on flood land in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, Ric Metcalfe

Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, Ric Metcalfe

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A controversial £250 million plan to build up to 3,000 homes in Lincoln on land at risk of flooding is set to win the backing of councillors.

New flood defences will need to be built to protect the homes, including 600 new affordable houses, business units, shops and community facilities built on the 320-hectare Western Grown Corridor site, which is also known as the Swanpool development.

Once complete, the overall estate would give the City of Lincoln Council an extra £840,000 a year in council tax revenue.

City councillors are now being asked to agree the development vision and how to begin making progress.

The council is poised to invest £800,000 from unallocated housing funds to kick-start the project.

The authority will keep its 42 per cent share of the land and consider development on its own or as a joint venture.

And it will work with Taylor Wimpey, which has options for the rest of the site, to turn the vision into reality.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: "The crucial point is the development now has its best chance of coming to fruition. It's the biggest and best opportunity we have for growth.

"Growth will happen anyway over the next 20 to 30 years.

"The issue is where do we want that to take place.

"We want sustainable growth and that means the growth of our existing settlement of Lincoln. We are going to retain the substantial amount of green space and open water on the site. It's going to be an attractive place to live and we will respect existing features, for example Decoy Farm, and the vista of the Cathedral."

Cllr Metcalfe added that flood risk will be managed by creating balancing lakes and changing levels of the land.

He said: "The net effect is that there should be some further positive impact on the surrounding area in terms of reducing flood risk."

The Western Growth Corridor is one of eight Sustainable Urban Extensions, which aim collectively to create 17,850 new homes in central Lincolnshire by 2031.

A total of 7,500 homes will be built in three areas on the edges of Lincoln, 7,000 in three skirting Gainsborough and 3,350 in two at Sleaford.

Joyce Marsh, 78, who lives in Malham Drive, Lincoln, said: "I don't care what they say about Swanpool, the number one issue will be traffic.

"As it is at the moment it takes us a quarter of an hour to get to the Skellingthorpe Road roundabout before 9am and then the A46 is blocked."

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  • danmyster  |  December 12 2013, 8:47AM

    the beyond atrocious traffic conditions should be their first consideration when considering building in Swanpool.

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  • rick29  |  December 10 2013, 9:06AM

    erm one question if 3000 homes are built, how come the council tax for each house is only £280 a year to get the figure £840,000? when a flat, house etc in the A band pays £997 a year.

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  • Pete67  |  December 10 2013, 8:43AM

    ItsAboutLinc - - - And WHO was paying the flood risk experts? Blaster Bates described experts perfectly 'ex as in has been and spurt as in drip under pressure'.

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  • ItsAboutLinc  |  December 09 2013, 8:44PM

    Why are you censoring my comment?

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  • ItsAboutLinc  |  December 09 2013, 8:43PM

    Typically the Echo has failed to report accurately, in the interests of creating a story it has neglected a crucial fact: "The Western Growth Corridor ... has been considered for development before, in 2006, but concerns over flooding have stopped it progressing further. "However, 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" (from The Lincolnite)

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  • ItsAboutLinc  |  December 09 2013, 8:40PM

    Typically the Echo has failed to report accurately, in the interests of creating a story it has neglected a crucial fact: "The Western Growth Corridor ... has been considered for development before, in 2006, but concerns over flooding have stopped it progressing further. "However, 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" (from The Lincolnite)

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  • Lincoln_Fan  |  December 09 2013, 8:05PM

    I wonder how much building and contents insurance would be.

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  • minty  |  December 09 2013, 7:12PM

    As usual the rose tinted glasses are clouded by pound signs.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 09 2013, 7:03PM

    I'm sure a carrot will be dangled in front of the councillors noses for them to accept this one .

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  • Pete67  |  December 09 2013, 4:38PM

    So just pass the flooding problem on to some poor sod further up or down - Typical!

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