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£730k to work out how to build on Lincoln flood site

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

'Understandable concerns':   Up to 3,000 homes will be built  in Lincoln's flood-prone Swanpool area as part of the £250m Western Growth Corridor scheme

'Understandable concerns': Up to 3,000 homes will be built in Lincoln's flood-prone Swanpool area as part of the £250m Western Growth Corridor scheme

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Officials are setting aside £730,000 to start working out the best way of building up to 3,000 homes in Lincoln's flood-prone Swanpool.

The initial money will be used to appoint a major development director to take the £250 million scheme forward, explore flood mitigation and decide what to do with Skewbridge tip, which is part of the earmarked 420 hectare site.

New flood defences will protect the homes, including 600 new affordable houses, business units, shops and community facilities on the Western Growth Corridor development.

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

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The authority is investing a total of £800,000 from unallocated housing funds to kick-start the project.

Andrew Taylor, chief executive, said: "The council has yet to progress the appointment of the development director as there are outstanding issues that firstly need to be addressed. The need for the post will be revisited in a few months.

"The council's work on identifying what is needed on flood mitigation and treatment of the tip area are already under way and we are awaiting technical reports. A budget of £100k is allocated for these pieces of work.

"These funds are being used to establish a comprehensive scheme which will ensure any risk of flooding is fully mitigated and that the correct infrastructure is in place.

"The land at Western Growth Corridor has been earmarked for development for more than 30 years.

"The proposal has gone through many planning processes where concerns have been raised and these are being addressed.

"It is understandable that people have concerns about the project, which is why it is so important these are addressed and that we deliver the development in an appropriate and successful manner."

Hartsholme ward city councillor Ron Hills (Conservative), who lives near the site, said: "The three-quarters-of-a-million pounds is not to do the project, it's just to work out how to do it.

"It's a fishing trip.

"The Environment Agency is saying that if you do everything we say, you can build on it and it would not flood.

"The developer would have to raise ground levels to the prescribed levels.

"How much soil are you going to have to move?

"It ain't going to be a wheelbarrow full.

"Then there's the tip.

"How much work are you having to do to make that safe? What's in there?

"There's also the question of access.

"Existing residents are demanding that it's not through Skellingthorpe Road."

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  April 24 2014, 8:30PM

    As long as they consider the flood risk and ensure new links to the bypass and Tritton Road - fine.

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  • MarcJones  |  April 24 2014, 7:06PM

    The City Council would have to put council tax up by 12% to bring in the amount of money they are gambling on building these homes. The bottom line is if Lincoln floods the water can be pumped to Swanpool. If it's been built on....... It's irresponsible, no other word for it. Maybe if the Council Leader lived in Lincoln he would be more concerned.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  April 24 2014, 6:24PM

    What happens to neighbouring properties whose excess water currently drains onto the flood plain and will have nowhere to go when the flood plain is protected from flooding?

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  • theknowitall  |  April 24 2014, 12:52PM

    Dinghy for sale £50, no paddles.

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  • mydogcharlie  |  April 24 2014, 11:56AM

    If I may make a suggestion that anyone who is foolish enough to purchase property on a flood plain now a days, deserves whats in store for them, unless they have in writing from the environment agency and the local authority that flooding will not happen.

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  April 24 2014, 11:49AM

    Initial money used to appoint a development director - at how much? Simple fact - don't build on flood prone land, you don't need a £150k jobsworth to tell you that. Same goes for Horncastle and the developments there. Look at areas that don't flood in towns and ear mark those.

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  • camelherder  |  April 24 2014, 9:38AM

    Officials are setting aside £730,000 to start working out the best way of building up to 3,000 homes in Lincoln's flood-prone Swanpool. I can do it for a fiver. Build on stilts!

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  • rbicker33  |  April 24 2014, 8:50AM

    well the environment agency ahs about as much credibility as a wet paper bag after what happened down south and there refusal to dredge rivers instead looking at ways to create wetlands for animals. then there's there claims the cars that were pulled out of the rivers down there were not contributing to the water levels raisings or slowing the flow of the river. i've not seen any rivers dredged in lincoln for decades now and you can see the junk thats in sincil drain thats been dumped in there. wonder what would be found if they did dredge all the rivers in lincoln?

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  • Pete67  |  April 24 2014, 8:18AM

    Have they not yet learned that if you build on a flood site it only moves the problem somewhere else?

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