50 new homes planned for Lincoln recreation land

Councillors are being asked to approve nearly 50 homes to be built on recreation land in Lincoln.

Birchwood Area Community Land Trust has applied to the City of Lincoln Council to build 49 new homes on Jasmin Road on behalf of Birchwood Big Local.

Councillors will be asked to approve the plans at a meeting on Wednesday.

The trust took ownership of the site – part of Jasmin Green – from the council in 2017, and the applicants have said remaining undeveloped land will be kept as public open space with two areas designated as future play spaces.

The new builds would include 28 bungalows, five dormer bungalows and 16 two-storey houses, all of which would be classed as affordable and some of which would be designated specifically for those aged 55 and over.

How the site would be laid out under the plans.

Birchwood Big Local has been consulting on plans since 2015 with the most recent event held in March receiving 24 comments.

Objectors to the plans raise concerns over the capacity of local services, the safety of children travelling through the site, loss of green space and increased traffic.

Lincoln Civic Trust have also objected to the plans.

One nearby resident has written in to the council in support of the proposals.

Officers said the principle of development was “acceptable” especially as the site had been given approval for residential development at outline stage.

“The proposal is appropriately designed to sit well within its context whilst respecting the amenity of adjacent neighbours,” they said.

The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan allocates the land partly as a housing site and partly as Important Open Space.

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