Garden City Plans for Lincolnshire Lakes

The council is planning on submitting a proposal to the Government to apply for Garden City status for Lincolnshire Lakes and surrounding areas and would like your views on the proposal.

The council is planning on submitting a proposal to the Government to apply for Garden City status for Lincolnshire Lakes and surrounding areas and would like your views on the proposal.

The Garden City would cover over 10,000 homes across the whole of Lincolnshire Lakes and a number of nearby areas. It would help reposition and raise the profile of all North Lincolnshire has to offer – putting it firmly on the map as a place to live, work, invest and play.

Two consultations events are taking place to give you the opportunity to have your say and to help shape the draft proposal.

Go along to one of the following events and tell us what you think:

  • Wednesday 13 July from 10am to 2pm in the Marks and Spencer car park, North Lincolnshire Retail Park
  • Friday 15 July from 10am to 2pm at the Action Station, Cole Street, Scunthorpe

Your views will be considered in the final proposal to be submitted at the end of July 2016

A Garden City gives the powers of the New Towns Act to the council which will bring development forward faster. Extra resources and expert advice will be given to help speed up the delivery of schemes by transferring planning powers to the council.

Becoming a Garden City would bring about a number of benefits including making the area more attractive, competitive and sustainable.  It would also make sure the scheme delivers much-needed housing that is high-quality and well designed.

The benefits to residents would include funding and support around help to buy schemes, affordable housing and starter homes.

Garden Cities are large-scale developments that are well-designed and bring together high-quality homes, jobs, schools and green spaces in communities where future generations will live and work, while at the same time preserve or enhance the countryside.

Garden City status could allow the council to compulsory buy land, if necessary, and will be able to provide long-term planning certainty to private sector investors and landowners.

If you have any questions about the North Lincolnshire Garden City proposal, please contact our Spatial Planning team by email spatial.planning@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297573.

Cllr Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

The Lincolnshire Lakes project will help accommodate growth; regenerate the town centre and protect our much-loved countryside and the setting of villages in North Lincolnshire. It is the largest and most ambitious housing, business and leisure development in the north of England.

The Garden City proposal will help support our vision for North Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Lakes project to be the north of England’s global gateway.

We are committed to supporting our communities and increasing the number of homes, where needed – achieving this status will help get work up and running quicker.

The advantages of Garden Community development is that we can ensure the right provision of schools, healthcare and transport infrastructure will be in place from the start. And more people can be helped into home ownership.

Garden City status will encourage jobs, better transport links, improved facilities and infrastructure. This is turn will make sure North Lincolnshire is a place where people want to live, work, invest and play.

People right across North Lincolnshire will benefit from Garden City status, which is why we are keen to get peoples’ views on the proposals. At the consultation events we will have the proposal on display and officers will be on-hand to answer any of your questions. Please come along and help shape the proposal that we submit to the Government later in the month.

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