Plans for 275-home Dunholme estate to include affordable housing

Plans to build a new 275-home estate in a Lincoln village will be discussed by West Lindsey District Council later this week.

Applicants Chestnut Homes Ltd propose to build the new estate on land between Lincoln Road and Honeyholes Lane in Dunholme, to the north of Lincoln.

The small village currently has approximately 2,000 residents. It is close to the village of Welton-by-Lincoln and some of the services in Welton such as the Health Care centre are used by both villages.

Of the 275 houses, a quarter would be affordable homes, with 54 of those being rented social housing, and the remaining 14 to be shared ownership properties.

The new homes would be a mix of one bedroom apartments, two bedroom starter homes, two and three bedroom bungalows, and three, four and five bedroom family homes.

Parking spaces would be created for residents and visitors.

The developers have been asked by the council to make a number of financial contributions to the area, as well as ensuring the provision and maintenance of open spaces as part of the proposed development.

A financial contribution of £657,393 will be compulsory to pay towards education provision, with a further £116,875 for healthcare.

An additional £483,050 will be required towards highway improvements, bus stops, speed limit reductions on Lincoln Road, a contribution to weekend and evening bus services and junction improvements at the A46/Lincoln Road, Welton junction by Centurion Garage.

The site, to be renamed Dunholme Meadows, has been an agricultural field for over a century.

Access to the development will be from Lincoln Road on the A46 side of the village and from Honeyholes Lane.

Improved footways will be provided on both of these roads as part of the proposed development and a new water pumping station and electricity substation will be constructed.

The proposed site for the Dunholme Meadows development. Photo: Google Street View

The proposed site for the Dunholme Meadows development. Photo: Google Street View

Chestnut Homes has said that the site is “a good choice for development”, arguing that it is a logical extension to the village without joining it up with nearby Welton, which has recently seen an application to build 350 new homes approved.

The applicants added that the development will improve services in the village in a sustainable way, while introducing much-needed affordable housing and recreational facilities.

The development has generated sizeable interest, with local residents split over the proposal. Of the respondents, 19 support the application while 24 are opposed to it.

The district council has recommended that outline planning permission be granted, subject to the applicants signing and completing the financial contributions within six months.

A planning meeting is being held at West Lindsey District Council on Wednesday April 1, starting at 6.30pm.