Housing gets outline approval on two former Lincoln school sites

Two outline housing developments on former school sites in Lincoln have been approved by the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee.

Each outline proposal, approved at a meeting on March 4, has been given a condition by Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services to contribute sums that would generate extra school places.

The first proposed development is for up to 60 homes located in the Moorland residential estate south of Lincoln city centre.

The brownfield land was formerly occupied by Moorland Primary School, and the nursery building is to e demolished as part of the plans.

Outline approval was given on March 4 for the access to the site from the south-west corner, onto Westwick Drive. Prior approval was granted for the demolition of the former school in 2011.

The development is proposed to comprise of two-storey buildings made up of detached and semi-detached housing.

Officers were advised by Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services that the development would have a direct impact on primary education provision.

The applicant has been requested to generate primary school places, equating to £135,317. In addition, the council would seek to improve play and open space.

The indicative site layout in the outline plans for residential development from Westwick Drive.

The indicative site layout in the outline plans for residential development from Westwick Drive.

A second outline plan for a residential development on the former Ermine Infant School off Thoresway Drive.

The outline plans included details of access and an indicative layout, however matters such as capacity are reserved until later stages.

The new housing estate proposed on the Ermine.

The new housing estate proposed on the Ermine.

Initial plans indicate a mix of two to four bed detached and semi-detached properties. The council’s current policy requires that sites of 15 houses or more provide 20% affordable housing.

The applicant is also expected to contribute £169,607 to to need to create, expand or alter schools in the area.

The proposals have been met with a number of concerns from residents, particular referencing the inclusion of a pathway linking the proposed development and nearby Bilsby Close.