New £2.1m funding to accelerate Western Growth homes

The delivery of new homes in the area can be accelerated after Homes England agreed a £2.1 million funding deal with the City of Lincoln Council.

The funding will unlock the development of the first phase of the Western Growth Corridor Sustainable Urban Extension, comprising, together with investment from Lindum Group, 180 homes.

The funding has been awarded through the Government’s £450 million Local Authority Construction (LAAC) programme. It is for enabling works to create the first phase of the Western Growth Corridor, including construction of a new road junction into the site at Skellingthorpe Road. The first phase will see the development of up to 300 dwellings off this road.

It will open up land owned by the city council for 52 new homes. A further 130 new homes will be funded and developed by Lindum Group on its land.

Photo: City of Lincoln Council

The Western Growth Corridor has the potential to deliver up to 3,200 new homes, new employment and community facilities by 2036. This includes a sports and leisure complex, with a new football stadium, health and leisure facilities, a hotel and food and drink provision.

A planning application was submitted on April 15, 2019 and is subject to approval.

The first developments on the agenda would be a new roundabout for Skellingthorpe Road, improvements to the A46 roundabout and 300 homes. Last to be completed would be the leisure village and the football stadium, but officers previously said these could be brought forward.

City council leader Ric Metcalfe previously described the plan as a “terrific addition” to Lincoln.

Executive Director for Land at Homes England, Stephen Kinsella, said: “This funding will support City of Lincoln Council to accelerate housing delivery by enabling them to prepare this site for development and bring forward the construction of new homes incorporating modern methods of construction.”