A major housing development which will create a new neighbourhood in Gainsborough may not get off the ground until next year.
More then 2,500 homes are set to be built on land south of Foxby Lane over the next 20 years, which will double the town’s population.
Land owners Thonock and Somerby Estates and property advisors Savills had hoped to start work in autumn 2012.
We reported in January that while the timescale had slipped, the focus remained on getting the development going in 2013.
But new information has come to light suggesting further delays may have pushed this back to early 2014.
In an email to The Standard, Selina Hoare, a trustee of the land, said there had been ‘inevitable delays’ caused by the need to ‘get the project right’, but that building was expected to start in 2014.
Ms Hoare was responding to a story The Standard ran in January, in which Coun Trevor Young raised doubts about whether the project would be achieved in the next 10 years. He also questioned if there would be sufficient infrastructure.
Ms Hoare said Thonock and Somerby Estates had worked with West Lindsey District Council to ensure infrastructure and the design code worked to ‘regenerate’ Gainsborough.
“When this project began five years ago it was planned to create a balanced community with the new housing broadly matching the demographic profile of a growing Gainsborough,” she said.
She said it would produce ‘quality housing’ of a slightly bigger proportion, on tree-lined streets and with street furniture and lighting to ‘enhance the beauty of the area’.
Savills, another partner in the project, has said there will be no cul-de-sacs, and that colour palettes would be used for roof tiles, as well as bricks that reflect the Victorian heritage of Gainsborough.
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