Using land next to railway stations and in particular brownfield land to create housing seems an obvious move in terms of sustainability and the Hamptons article in the Times yesterday highlights the beneficial impact this could have. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/construction-property/article4495677.ece
Whilst the development opportunities around Lincoln may not be able to match the housing numbers of the major cities we were once again pleased to see how close the Leafbridge planning application, for housing on the brownfield land behind North Hykeham Station, is to current Government thinking and the emerging revisions to planning guidance.
Even better than some of the examples cited by Hamptons, there is no ‘greenbelt’ or rural land take associated with the Leafbridge development which following some minor revisions this week also protects all of the established tree groups within the site and along its boundaries.
As someone who grew up in the south London train commuter belt and then lived in on the outskirts of Brighton, Birmingham, Leicester and Lincoln, where the only realistic commuting options were normally by car, it makes compete sense to maximise opportunities to make close links between housing and rail transport. All we need now is for the rail budget/delivery to get sorted out.