Proposal to turn agricultural land into 50-home estate in Lincoln village

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An application to turn agricultural land on the edge of a Lincoln village into 50 new homes has been received by North Kesteven District Council.

Lincolnshire-based housing developers Lindum Homes have identified a site to the south of Fen Road on the eastern edge of Heighington for the proposed development.

The properties will be a range of types and sizes, with 18 of the 50 (35%) to be affordable homes, to address local housing needs.

Both Lincolnshire County Council and NHS England have been consulted on the proposal, and have recommended that the developers contribute towards the increased pressures on educational and health services in the area that will result from a larger population.

Mark Foster, Planning Manager at Lindum Homes, said: “We believe that this site in Heighington provides an opportunity for a low-density housing scheme, sympathetic to the area and the prevailing architectural style of the village.”

An artist's impression of the proposed new estate on the eastern edge of Heighington

An artist’s impression of the proposed new estate on the eastern edge of Heighington

The application has divided local people, with some residents in favour of the proposed development, while others have made known their objections to the scheme.

A resident who supports the plans said: “It looks like a well-laid out scheme which caters for local young people looking for affordable housing.

“The question of flooding in the area looks to be provided with adequate provisions to cover the likelihood of flooding.”

However, another Heighington resident questioned the suitability of the development due to traffic concerns, adding: “The road where it becomes the High Street is unsuitable for current traffic levels, in particular in the vicinity of the shops and public house.

“The planning application documents show the road during an untypically quiet period. This does not reflect the dangerous situation in the area at peak times when vehicles are parked on both sides of the road, reducing the carriageway to a single car width and passengers are opening doors in the path of passing vehicles.”