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Western Growth Corridor - Q&A - Think Tank - Tuesday 8 August

Q) How much will this development cost in it’s entirely?

A) It is impossible to place an exact figure on this as there are so many variables to take into account. It is impossible to place on a figure on build costs as these rise with inflation and other factors including the state of the wider economy, and as this development has a phasing plane of 23 years these could well change over its lifespan. However, the infrastructure costs are expected to be around £70m, this includes the building of the link road, the junctions and bridges as well as the development of the primary school.


Q) Does the infrastructure cost include the flood mitigation work?

A) Yes.


Q) Have increased build costs been factored into the overall budget?

A) Yes. We have a good idea of the current build costs and expected additions in costs in line with inflation. We are also looking at ways of mitigating against any increases in build costs.


Q) Are costs to build the primary school and health centre factored into the infrastructure costs?

A) Yes.


Q) Is there a need for the bridge leading on to Tritton Road?

A) The traffic modelling has highlighted that by placing this exit on to Tritton Road then there would be a choice offered to road users between using this exit and that on to Beevor Street As such the modelling suggests that this would dramatically decrease the traffic on Skellingthorpe Road.


Q) Why has the amount of commercial land been reduced since the masterplan of 2006?

A) In the time since the 2006 masterplan was submitted there has been a shift in how commercial employment areas are designed, situated and expected to work. The aspiration today is for smaller employment and commercial units, allowing space for small to mid-sized businesses to work within closer proximity to city centres and existing infrastructure links. Also within the recently adopted Local Plan a whole range of employment sites have been allocated, ensuring that the commercial, retail and employment allocations within our masterplan can be reduced in size. This offers a greater ability to retain green space and public realm areas.


Q) How will surface water run-off effect the wider area?

A) Part of the flood mitigation strategy is to invest in the existing infrastructure, including the pumping systems in the city. We are also increasing the capacity of the Boultham Catch Water which will greatly improve the run-off and flow of water within the site and the wider area.


Q) Why has school provision decreased from two in the 2006 masterplan to one in the current masterplan?

A) This is due to the reduction of housing from 4,600 in the 2006 masterplan to 3,200 in the current iteration. As such the Local Education Authority (LEA) states that we only need to provide allocation for a single primary school with provision for 200/250 spaces.


Q) What is the density per square metre?

A) The density on the plan is purely representational currently. The density per square metre will be shown once the detailed planning application are placed. However, densities’ will change dependent upon the area of the site that you are in.


Q) What is the plan for the green space?

A) It is intended that some areas of the green space will be used for agricultural purposes. Other areas will be given over to local wildlife and ecology and as such will be left to develop naturally. The other areas of green space, closer to the housing and commercial zones will be maintained for public use.


Q) Will the health care centre be NHS controlled?

A) At this stage, it is expected that the tenure of the health care centre will be mixed. The likelihood is that there would be a mix between the public sector, private sector and third sector.


Q) How will Lincoln hospital handle the added stress in extra capacity caused by the addition of 3,200 further houses within the city boundary?

A) This masterplan is inferred by the Local Plan which addresses need within the Central Lincolnshire Area in line with projected increases in population, housing need, growth projections and business formation. As such the provision of services, such as health and schooling git into a wider strategy.