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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 10:16 GMT
Flood worries over housing plan
Flooding in Louth (Picture by Michael Wilkinson)
Lincolnshire was hit hard by floods in the summer (Picture by Michael Wilkinson)
A report which criticised plans to build 4,000 homes on a flood plain in Lincoln will not be challenged at this stage, city officials have said.

A report by government inspectors said the proposal should be abandoned because the risk of flooding in the Swanpool area is too high.

On Monday night an emergency meeting of the city council discussed a response.

This decided to wait for the government's final decision before taking the matter further.

The Leader of Lincoln City Council Eddie Strengiel said the report makes any future development very difficult but the next move was in the hands of Hazel Blears at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

"Of course we await the Secretary of State's decision and she will make that later in the year.

"Obviously she may go with the inspectors' report, she may well kick it straight out and there may well be a halfway house - we are not sure we have to wait on that.

"We are not at this time intending to go to a judicial review."

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