Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Major new homes plans take a step forward

Plans that could see 3,500 homes built in the Canwick and Bracebridge Heath area over the next 15 years have taken a step forward.

North Kesteven District Council’s Executive has received a report on consultations undertaken into how the scheme might be developed and agreed a Design Guide which illustrates what the development will eventually look like.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Wright said: “The Lincoln South East Quadrant Sustainable Urban Extension is designed to meet local housing needs close to the city of Lincoln alongside a full range of infrastructure including schools, shops, commercial use, public open spaces and sustainable transport measures.

“This is a very large project because after the first 3,500 homes are completed by 2036 the aim is for further growth to around 6,000 new homes in total.”

Some work is already underway and two further planning applications for up to 1,650 new homes, a primary school and employment proposals are under consideration.

Cllr Wright said: “We have worked hard to keep everyone informed and up to date on the plans. We have held local councillor workshops and there was a six week formal consultation for residents, parish councils and other stakeholders which also included two web-based public meetings – a structure forced on us by the Covid pandemic.

“A report on all the consultations received along with the Council’s response and proposed amendments have now been to the authority’s Executive Board and the Broad Concept Plan and Design Codes have been formally adopted.”

The Design Code shows 12 individual character areas which deal with factors including height, massing, landscaping, appearance and access. Open spaces, sustainable construction and cycle storage are also considered.

“The need to respond to climate change and biodiversity are also identified and it all builds into a set of criteria for developers, stakeholders and the Council to consider when judging individual proposals.

“We operate a comprehensive planning advice service and developers are encouraged to contact the planning team at an early stage when they are working up their proposals,” said Cllr Wright.

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