Council backs plan which will create new jobs and homes over 25 year period

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Jun 2017

North Lincolnshire Council's neighbouring authority West Lindsey has backed a plan to create almost 12,000 new jobs and build almost 37,000 new homes in the region over a 25-year period.

The Central Lincolnshire Plan which covers Lincoln and North Kesteven as well as West Lindsey was launched this week, after three years in the planning stage.

The area – 820 square miles – has a combined population of 310,000 and projections are that this will grow by a further 20 per cent up to 2036.

In the plan, the need for 36,960 homes over a 25-year period has been identified, with almost half of these set to be 'affordable.' Around 25 per cent have already been built or given permission since 2012.

Areas affected by the plan include North Kelsey, South Kelsey, Scotter and West Kirton.

Sixty-four per cent will be in the broader Lincoln area, with the rest spread equally across Sleaford, Gainsborough and rural areas. A total of 16,300 of the new homes will be built in Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) on eight sites at the edges of Lincoln, Sleaford and Gainsborough.

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The plan also allows for around 345-acres of land for employment growth, resulting in the creation of 11,894 jobs.

The plan's objectives can be divided into three key aims – supporting people, improving and safeguarding place, and increasing prosperity for the area and for those who live and work here.

It will ensure the development of homes, jobs and essential facilities take place in the right areas and are well planned – building for the future while protecting green, open spaces, preserving the heritage and providing habitats for wildlife.

Cllr. Jeff Summers,the leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: "Our new plan has to deliver for people and communities. An environment which everyone is happy to live in. Housing has to be supported by opportunities for work. Appropriate capacity built into new and existing infrastructure. Education, health and a green environment for everyone to relax in.

"Following the last three years of research and consultation, I am confident the intensive programme of work commissioned by the three district councils has produced a plan which is capable of delivering the essential components which create a modern, thriving community."

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