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Western Growth Corridor homes plan go-ahead

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council

Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council

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City councillors have 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 City of Lincoln Council's 3,000 home project would be built on land at risk of flooding.

However, leader Ric Metcalfe has said he hopes a "master plan" for the site will place the housing into areas of safe land within the development.

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

The meeting on Monday, December 9, saw councillors voting to move ahead with the proposals, after years of stop-start plans being dashed by concerns over flooding.

Afterwards, Mr Metcalfe told the Echo: "The Environment Agency have withdrawn the objection that they had.

"We know we cannot 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."

Previous proposals to build on the land in 2006 were stalled over land sale problems and flooding worries.

However Mr Metcalfe added: "We are talking now about a smaller number of houses than originally planned so we will not be developing on flood plains.

"The housing development will take place where there is no flood risk, but the detail has yet to be worked out so when we decide what is going where exactly, it will all fit together."

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

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

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  • VictorToo  |  December 12 2013, 3:39PM

    I would like to say that traffic moves quicker in London than it does in Lincoln, so I would recommend that the council gets the roads and traffic light phasing sorted out before they start building anymore new houses.

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  • Phil1W  |  December 12 2013, 3:26PM

    As I said before at the very least the rest of the western bypass needs to be dualled the rest of its length before anything is built on the western side of the city! Then instead of saying it will all be built on the western side of the city what about the plans that have been talked about for the eastern side going out to Cherry Willingham? Will that also get a £250million budget? And will the single carriageway eastern bypass be able to cope when that lot of building takes place? I'm thinking it will all be another L.C.C. monumental b**** up with no traffic being able to move around Lincoln, industry moving away instead of in and transport companies even carrying on up the A1 past Newark and finding another way to the Humber Docks to avoid it!

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  • mydogcharlie  |  December 12 2013, 2:45PM

    Was this decision made by a full a full council or was it made by a cabinet of yes persons?

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  • richard_white  |  December 12 2013, 2:06PM

    How about a tram line, Park & Ride site, and a new road into Lincoln City centre as part of the plans?

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  • Pete67  |  December 12 2013, 2:06PM

    Numb_Chumpy - - - I don't know about you but ' a master plan' sounds like something from pre-War Germany to me.

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  • VictorToo  |  December 12 2013, 12:03PM

    Is this the same guy who promised the White Bridge in Hartesholme Park would be finished in the October half term, yet we're coming to late December, getting on for a year from when it was removed, and there's still no sign of anything happening, or is that someone else who hasn't got a clue ?

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  • Menshy  |  December 12 2013, 9:30AM

    I think this development is the right side of the City given the links to employment/work/business inland the improved A46 offers (noting there is still a way to go) and that the Eastern Bypass will be useless as a single carriageway. However it must be fully integrated and supported with adequate infrastructure and services such as roads, rail, possibly tram, schools, medical facilities, pub etc. I would guess the flood defences needed to make this land useable will cost a bit so I for one will be using the FOI act to seek detail on the financial planning for this - I'm all for sustainable growth but not at any cost to the taxpayer and consider the development costs must be carried by the private sector companies that will benefit from the development activity.

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  • danmyster  |  December 12 2013, 8:29AM

    3000 new homes in heavily congested Swanholme feels like some kind of April fools joke. Perhaps I will have to leave for work for my 3.5 mile journey an *HOUR* before I need to get there. What a disgusting waste of life.

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  • danmyster  |  December 12 2013, 8:25AM

    Never mind flooding, that area (ie Skellingthorpe Road) has to have the worst morning traffic in the whole of the city. Will the council lift a finger about improving the astronomical congestion? probably not. Do they even care? Doubtful. Lincoln deserves better.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  December 12 2013, 8:24AM

    "However, leader Ric Metcalfe has said he hopes a "master plan" for the site will place the housing into areas of safe land within the development." "The housing development will take place where there is no flood risk, but the detail has yet to be worked out so when we decide what is going where exactly, it will all fit together." Can we please have some councillors who know what they're doing and are capable of delivering something a tad more substantial than the typically vague, wing-it-and-hope-for-the-best guff being spouted here?

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