LLRA continues to review potential site locations on Long Leys Road for new facilities. For the past six months, the former Curtis bakery site has been attracting interest from commercial developers, with its potential to deliver a residential area with a shop and community hub. Encouraged by local Carholme councillors, economic regeneration officers at the city council have been actively exploring the potential for this site in the context of the wider Albion Works. The location could deliver facilities within a 10-minute walk of 95% of Long Leys homes (20-Minute round trip). See below for a recent communication from Councillor Neil Murray on the city council activities.
In light of this activity, at the LLRA Management Committee Meeting (22 Nov 2022) LLRA decided to put the Long Leys Community Right to Build (CRB) project on hold, as some outcomes at the Albion Works would make parts of the existing project unnecessary. LLRA considers that it is in the best interests of our community to explore resident views on potential options by reactivating work on the 2021-2040 Long Leys Neighbourhood Plan when grant funding becomes available in April 2023. A professional planning consultant will support community consultations on future needs in Long Leys, covering both the 20-year Neighbourhood Plan and the delivery of new facilities. It will also establish resident views on additional housing in the area, to better inform LLRA’s discussions with landowners and developers.
LLRA will communicate further details in early May when more is known about Neighbourhood Planning grant funding and developer and city council intent.
Communication from Councillor Neil Murray
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Ian Waites says
Pleased to see also from the minutes of your March committee meeting that you are looking at the 12(?) vacant plots on the Long Leys Road allotment site for a community growing activity. FYI, there is a waiting list for all sites in the city, but you can apply to rent a plot here: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/online/apply-allotment
LLRA are looking at 2- 3 plots for a future community growing centre. The twelve refers to the net number of vacant plots last advised by the city council. This will vary by month throughout the year.
Will Rees Jones says
Has there been any update to this?
Nothing significant to report. National Grant funding for neighbourhood planning has yet to open for 2023/24. Grant applications are usually opened by now so it’s a little later than in previous years. LLRA understand that dialogue is happening with various developers but we have not been advised of any outcome. Will keep everyone posted when we know more.