Plans to create city farm in Lincoln

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A charitable company is putting forward plans to create a city farm in Lincoln on former allotment land off Wragby Road, near Tesco.

Green Synergy aims to create inspiring and therapeutic environments with plants or animals where people can socialise, thrive and learn.

The group has asked to be able to use the council-owned land adjacent to the Tesco store, with the potential of creating a farm which would have livestock including poultry, pigs, goats and small animals/pets.

The site has previously been looked at by the Darwin Wildlife Group (DWG) as a place where it could create a wildlife haven and in March 2011, the City of Lincoln Council agreed to offer the group the chance of a lease for the site.

However, despite ongoing discussions between the the council and DWG, no formal lease has been made.

The council has now written to DWG to advise it of the situation and that it is likely it would need to re-submit a business case which would then be considered alongside city farm.

John Bibby, Director of Housing and Community Services at the City Council said: “It is important that the decision made for this site is the right one for all involved.

“If the recommendation is approved, we will work with both interested organisations to agree the most appropriate use of this site for the wider benefit of the community.”

The City Council’s Executive Committee will consider the business case at its meeting on Tuesday, August 27.

The Executive is asked to retract the offer of a lease for the Wragby Road site and ask the Darwin Wildlife Group to resubmit an up to date business case to be considered on its merits alongside the business case presented by Green Synergy.

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