Sites for 17,850 new homes in Lincolnshire have been revealed
Details of eight new housing estates to help meet a 76,300 population explosion in mid-Lincolnshire have been revealed.
Sites have now been identified for 17,850 of the 42,800 new homes needed to hit targets for the amount of houses in the area by 2031.
In the Lincoln area, 2,700 new homes could be built in Swanpool 2,000 at Greetwell Quarry and 2,800 between Canwick Hill and Bracebridge Heath.
While land bordering the bypass in Sleaford could be used for 1,750 more houses, with 1,600 destined for the London Road area.
Gainsborough's share would be 2,400 near The Belt Road, 2,500 at Foxby Hill and 2,100 to the east of the town.
Shops, offices, commercial and industrial units, new roads, schools and GP surgeries would also be built in each area and it is hoped they will create 26,700 jobs by 2031.
A six-week consultation has begun on the plans.
The development in Lincoln's South-East and North-East quadrants would help fund the eastern bypass, while Swanpool includes a "comprehensive flood mitigation scheme".
Councillor Burt Keimach, chairman of the Central Lincolnshire joint strategic planning committee, said: "Only through growth can we provide the homes, jobs and opportunities to both enable our children to continue living close by and to attract new investment and skilled people.
"Growth not only enhances our services, shops and schools but also retains and builds a critical mass to sustain their survival.
"With this in mind, I hope that residents of central Lincolnshire engage in this exciting opportunity to work with us in shaping our future communities."
Retired health and safety and environmental manager Stan Bullock, of Westwood Drive, Lincoln, remains opposed to developing Swanpool over fears of flooding, traffic congestion and the public cost of road improvements.
"I feel they should kick Swanpool into touch – there's plenty more room for development along the eastern bypass," he said.
The ideas are outlined in the draft Core Strategy for Central Lincolnshire, which will set planning policy and aims over an area of 820 square miles.