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Lincolnshire council resolves to approve plans for 3,000 Lincolnshire Lakes homes

North Lincolnshire Council has resolved to grant planning permission for the development of two new villages at the Lincolnshire Lakes site on the western fringe of Scunthorpe, that will together provide 3,000 new homes.

Land investment and management company Lucent Group submitted four applications to the Council in August 2013, together seeking permission for the development of up to 3,000 homes on a site of nearly 200 hectares. The plans included a mixed use commercial park, two village centres, a care home, a primary school, a youth centre, a community centre and a health facility. Wetlands, parkland, sports pitches and play areas were also proposed.

The wider Lincolnshire Lakes site was allocated for up to 6,000 new homes by 2026 in the North Lincolnshire local plan core strategy document (191-page / 4.3 MB PDF) adopted in 2011. An emerging area action plan for the Lincolnshire Lakes has proposed a total of six villages at the site, at which development is proposed to continue beyond 2026, potentially providing a total of 10,000 homes.

The plans were considered at a meeting of the Council's planning committee on 22 October, each application having been recommended for approval by planning officers.

"We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for the Lincolnshire Lakes project," said Lucent chief executive Charles Flynn in a statement. "We have worked with an exceptional team of consultants to bring the project to this stage and are grateful for North Lincolnshire Council's input and guidance into what is a landmark development for the region. We can now look to moving forward with the development to create new communities of which everybody can be proud."

"Two villages are at the heart of this project; their character and identity will evolve gradually over time to give residents a fantastic place to live, work and play," added Flynn. "We believe that the proposals will set a new benchmark in design quality for the area and provide villages that create a strong sense of community life while boosting the prosperity of the area through infrastructure improvements and job creation."

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