Lincon council chiefs are to consider whether to support a £250million development that could provide over 2,700 homes in the city, along with increased employment, green spaces and improved infrastructure.
The Western Growth Corridor, between Boultham and Birchwood, has been earmarked as one of central Lincolnshire’s three Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs). These SUEs are earmarked to provide the area with an additional 18,000 homes before 2031.
Following extensive public consultation on the plans, City of Lincoln Council’s Executive is being asked to support a series of recommendations at a meeting on Monday, December 9, that will move the project forward.
Although the 320-hectare site has been considered for development before, concerns over flooding have stopped it progressing further. But 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.
The development aims to:
*Provide high quality, affordable and energy-efficient housing in an attractive environment, with good transport links to the city centre.
*Provide new employment opportunities and attract investment through a business park, shops, and community facilities.
*Manage the risk of flooding on the site and in existing areas.
*Achieve a social return on the council’s investment through financial sustainability – including increased income through council tax and business rates.
*Improve health and quality of life for residents through more leisure facilities and high quality housing.
*Link the residential areas to the south of Skellingthorpe Road with the city centre by attractive pedestrian and cycle routes.