Councillors have given unanimous approval to outline plans for up to 500 homes next to Greetwell Quarry on the outskirts of Lincoln.
As previously reported, the Church Commissioners for England applied to West Lindsey District Council for outline planning permission on the site to the south of St Augustine Road in Lincoln, which lies just outside the city boundaries.
The land, known as Greetwell Fields, is bordered by the residential development at Bunkers Hill, St Augustine Road and Hawthorn Road to the north.
The planned Lincoln Eastern Bypass would be to the east, agricultural land to the south and Greetwell Quarry with its quarry face to the west.
Agents WYG have drawn up the application for two new access roads, plus groundworks and landscaping as part of the proposed development.
They will also be expected to make contributions towards education, health and transport provision.
At a planning meeting on December 16, the agents argued the location of the site was sustainable, included a higher than required provision of open spaces, and maintained views of Lincoln Cathedral.
Councillor Owen Bierley said: “I welcome and support this application. The applicant is offering up to 26% of open space which I think is fantastic.
“I do welcome the inclusion of 10% of affordable homes. As this is on the edge of the city, I believe there is an opportunity to build a distinctive and desirable development.”
Councillor Roger Patterson broadly supported the application, but feared that the development would suffer from traffic problems resulting from no road bridge over Lincolnshire County Council’s proposed Eastern Bypass.
He said: “I think that the highways authority have got a cheek to start asking for some money for the bypass when they’re actually going to cut off the residents of this proposed development and other West Lindsey residents.”
— Giles McNeill (@G_McNeill_WLDC) December 16, 2015
At the same meeting, councillors deferred a decision for 13 homes in Cherry Willingham to its next planning meeting in January next year.