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Lincoln Western Growth Corridor - Site analysis

In light of the postponement of the Western Growth Corridor public consultation workshops, the City of Lincoln Council have determined it necessary to alter the end date of the consultation period. As such the new formal end date of the Western Growth Corridor public consultation will be 5pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017. Any comments received up to that date will be considered as part of the consultation and fed into our considerations for the masterplan.

 Lincoln Western Growth Corridor - Site analysis

Heritage assets

Careful consideration will be taken to ensure designated heritage assets within close proximity to the site are protected; the Old Decoy is a scheduled monument and development will be ‘set off’ from this in order to protect the setting of the Old Decoy.

Views towards the Grade I listed Lincoln Cathedral and the scheduled and Grade I listed Lincoln Castle are key features within the site, therefore access routes and open space will be orientated to frame and take advantage of these vistas.

The setting of the Grade II Historic England Registered Park and Garden of Hartsholme Park will be reflected within the development, with connections to public open space.

Potential on-site archaeology is also a key consideration and, following pre-application discussions and advice received from Historic England, on-site fieldwork will be undertaken through the summer to investigate the areas where archaeological artefacts are likely to be found.

Lincoln Castle

Flood and drainage

Flood risk has been a key consideration when determining the scale of development that can be safely provided within the site, without increasing the risk of flooding elsewhere.

Based on flood modelling, the proposals for the development include the raising of ground levels so that the entire built development is above predicted flood levels for extreme events.

The development team has consulted with the Environment Agency and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board to develop a drainage solution which will utilise existing drainage networks. Consisting of open ditches and watercourses and further provide a range of sustainable drainage systems and green corridors to manage surface water run-off from the development.

Pond dipping - Hartsholme Country Park

Ecology

A series of surveys for habitats and protected species have been ongoing on the site since 2015. The data obtained from these surveys has contributed to the evolution of the masterplan.

A consideration throughout the master planning process and which will continue to be a focus through the life cycle of the development is the retention, protection, and enhancement of habitats including trees, woodlands and other habitats present on and adjacent to the site.

In addition the trees and woodland belts have been surveyed within and bordering the existing site. Trees and hedgerows will be retained where possible preserving as much of the existing habitats as possible. Where retention is not feasible appropriate mitigation measures will be incorporated as appropriate throughout the evolution of the design. The development also presents opportunities to facilitate enhancement and improvements in terms of biodiversity. This will be realised throughout the design process and also through the appropriate landscaping design.

Butterfly Bonanza

Transport and access

The site lies approximately 1.5km from the City Centre, making it an ideal location for the development of a sustainable urban extension which is truly accessible by a variety of modes of transport.

The spine road within the development will incorporate bus prioritisation measures, providing a fast and direct route linking Skellingthorpe Road to the city centre via Beevor Street. It will also create a new connection between Skellingthorpe Road and Tritton Road, reducing traffic on the eastern part of Skellingthorpe Road. Roads within the site will follow a clear hierarchy, and will be designed to discourage high speeds through the integration of speed control features within the layout and design. These measures could include raised platforms, shared surfaces and visual speed deterrents in the forms of material surface changes.

There are several public rights of way which currently pass through the site, as well as further walking and cycling routes in the surrounding area. New connections to these routes are proposed to ensure a high level of permeability and connectivity, including the creation of a number of routes which incorporate the new areas of public open space within the site and link to nearby areas including Hartsholme Country Park and existing routes along nearby watercourses.

Broadgate traffic