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Plan for 42,800 homes in Lincolnshire looks set to be pulled

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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The withdrawal of a plan to build 42,800 new homes in central Lincolnshire by 2031 will be recommended because not enough land for housing has been allocated.

The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Core Strategy includes 17,850 homes in Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough, with the rest of the overall target dotted around small towns and villages.

The robustness of the core strategy was due to be tested at an examination in public next February.

But those behind the scheme asked for a 9-month postponement to address concerns raised by planning inspector David Vickery.

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Crucially, he asked whether the plan included the necessary rolling 6 year allocation of land for housing to bridge development gaps.

Not all the homes in the sustainable urban extensions in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford would be built at the same time.

It emerged at a pre-examination meeting today that bridging land for only three-and-half years has been allocated.

And officers from the joint planning unit said their recommendation to the joint strategic planing committee in January will therefore be that the core strategy is withdrawn.

After the meeting, Councillor Ric Metcalfe, chairman of the joint planning committee, told the Echo there is a plan B.

“One option is that we can attempt to show we have a five to six year supply and actually make some allocations between now and the examination, but that requires proper consultation.

“Or, we could withdraw the core strategy and develop a single local plan that would include allocations of housing land.

“We may be talking about 12 to 18 months before a local plan would be ready to be submitted.

“The core strategy covers about 40 per cent of our housing target in the sustainable urban extensions in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford but these take time to develop and there will be gaps.

“The inspector needs to see at any point there’s 5 to 6 years of land available to deliver our total housing numbers up to 2031.

“Planning policy at one stage enabled us to use a broad brush strategy on allocation.

“Now it says a greater degree of certainty is needed.”

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  • Menshy  |  December 13 2013, 10:18PM

    I'm no expert but seem to recall from the changes to planning regulations regarding developments brought in a couple of years back that having a core strategy and outline plan is better than not having one as it gives the council a stronger position to veto housing developments by private companies on green field sites (they only need a plan not the means to deliver it). Which begs the question of what's the real motive for trying to get the core strategy off the table? Could it be they know the council plan is undeliverable and they're trying to remove barriers to achieving the same end through private developments with the council powerless to prevent the planning applications?

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  December 13 2013, 11:06AM

    Utter madness. Population of Lincoln (district) 2011 was 94k. 42,800 homes by 2031 would give another 107k (and that's a conservative estimate wih half the homes having 2 habitants, the other 3) So let's just absorb another Lincoln within the next 20 years - a City that has taken hundreds of years to grow to it's current size and infrastructure. Oh and the 90k plus cars it would entail. . The lunatics are well and truly running the asylum.

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 12 2013, 6:49PM

    Sounds like a council blunder.

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  • Daryl_Cox  |  December 12 2013, 6:48PM

    The roads can't even handle the current traffic, building more houses will just make that worse. They really aren't thinking this through are they.

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