Consultation over ambitious Lincoln growth plans begins

Ambitious plans to develop the Central Lincolnshire area, including proposals for 42,800 homes, are now up for public consultation.

The proposed developments are in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Sleaford, and also include 25,000 new jobs, community facilities, and £700 million worth of infrastructure to support the growth.

The Core Strategy document from the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee is up for a six-week consultation until Monday, September 9.

People can comment on the soundness of the document via email at talkplanning@central-lincs.org.uk. Any feedback received will be sent along with the strategy to the Secretary of State.

The strategy leading up to 2031 has five main themes, including working towards a sustainable central Lincolnshire, tackling climate change, growing the area, improving communities and places, and creating a quality environment.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City Council and Chair of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: “The Core Strategy is an important document for the future of central Lincolnshire.

“We want to create jobs and homes in communities which are self-sufficient and where transport, goods and service needs are all met.”

Park and ride in Lincoln

The Core Strategy also includes plans to build a new park and ride facility in Lincoln.

Ric Metcalfe explained: “Lincolnshire County Council are actively looking at a site on the west of Lincoln, because they are particularly interested to see whether it would be possible to achieve a visitor park and ride, in preparation for the Magna Carta celebrations in 2015.

“[They will have to see] whether that would be possible, because of the very nature of it, these things tend to be long drawn out in terms of site acquisition and necessary routes, and the infrastructure costs — it’s never as easy as people imagine.”

Lincoln growth areas

In Lincoln, three main areas have been designated for growth:

Lincoln Western Growth Corridor (Land at Swanpool, Fen Farm & Decoy Farm)

Lincoln Western Growth Corridor (Land at Swanpool, Fen Farm & Decoy Farm)

Lincoln Western Growth Corridor (Land at Swanpool, Fen Farm & Decoy Farm)

Lincoln South East Quadrant (Land at Canwick Heath and Bracebridge Heath)

Lincoln South East Quadrant (Land at Canwick Heath and Bracebridge Heath)

Lincoln South East Quadrant (Land at Canwick Heath and Bracebridge Heath)

Lincoln North East Quadrant (Land at Greetwell including former Greetwell Quarry)

Lincoln North East Quadrant (Land at Greetwell including former Greetwell Quarry)

Lincoln North East Quadrant (Land at Greetwell including former Greetwell Quarry)