March 13, 2019 10.13 am This story is over 33 months old

Western Growth Corridor to be lodged, despite flooding and traffic fears

Plans set to be submitted

City of Lincoln Council’s multi-million pound plan to deliver a 3,200 home Western Growth Corridor is set to be submitted, but concerns still remain over flood risk and traffic.

After further consultation on the proposals last month, the authority has made no changes to its masterplan for the project.

The Western Growth Corridor proposals are:

  • up to 3,200 homes
  • a local centre with retail and commercial units
  • a new primary school
  • a commercial employment area of up to 20 hectares
  • a sport and leisure complex, with a new stadium, health and leisure facilities, a hotel and food and drink provision

However, the council said there was still “a lot of concern” from local people over congestion on Skellingthorpe Road due to the railway crossing and junction design.

Plans for the Western Growth Corridor include up to 3,200 homes, a hotel, leisure complex and Lincoln City football stadium.

But, officials added that people recognised that the development will provide “solutions” and that the congestion would only get worse without the scheme.

The city council’s executive will vote next week on whether to submit the outline planning application.

If senior councillors agree, then the city council would enter into the delivery agreement with Lindum Western Growth Community Limited, which owns the remainder of the site.

Phases for the development have now been proposed should the application be approved.

Western Growth Corridor phases outlined by City of Lincoln Council.

The first phase would include 300 homes, 52 of which the council would develop, and a new roundabout at Skellingthorpe Road/Birchwood Avenue.

Further improvements would also be made to the A46 Skellingthorpe roundabout.

Council officials are also looking to secure funding for the link road connecting Skellingthorpe Road with Tritton Road, including a road bring over the railway line.

Kate Ellis, strategic director for major developments at the city council, said: “The proposed Western Growth Corridor development would go a long way toward meeting the need for more housing and jobs in Lincoln.

“The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan predicted 20% population growth over the 30 years, and with a growing population comes a need for more housing and facilities, such as schools, leisure centres and employment.

“We are asking the executive to agree to the submission of the outline planning application for the site. If this happens, we expect to submit in the next few weeks.

“This is a crucial time for the project and the team which has worked tirelessly to drive it forward. Approval from the executive will begin an incredibly exciting journey for the future of Lincoln.”

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