Gainsborough: Work on the new neighbourhood is expected to start early next year

Plans for the proposed new neighbourhood south of Foxby Lane
Plans for the proposed new neighbourhood south of Foxby Lane

A major housing development which will create a new neighbourhood in Gainsborough is still to get off the ground but it is expected houses could be on sale by the end 2015 .

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 but it is now expected that work will start at the beginning of next year.

Also in the plans for the ‘new neighbourhood’ are two primary schools, a medical surgery, retail and office units, parks, a lake, cricket, rugby and two hockey pitches and an all weather multi use games area with changing facilities.

These plans are the first phase of a bigger project which includes the building of three ‘new neighbourhoods’.

These will be made up of 7,000 new homes, the improvement of infrastructure, more shops and businesses and 15 hectares of employment land which will helpbring jobs, higher wages and greater ecnomic resilience to the area.

Simon Douglas, Residential Development Director at Savills, said: “An Infrastructure provider has now been appointed by the land owners.”

“They will initially provide infrastructure to the first phase of 400 houses and undertake technical and planning work in order to discharge relevant planning conditions contained within Outline Planning approval.”

“Detailed Heads of Terms have been agreed with a house builder for the first 200 houses and these are likely to be ‘on sale’ by the end of 2015.”

I t is estimated that the development will take 12 to 13 years to complete with around 200 new homes added each year.

In addition to the housing plans near Foxby Lane ideas for Gainsborough’s future are being made by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Committee.

This is part of a vision for growth through to 2036.

A consultation event will be taking place at the Guildhall in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday 23rd October.

More information about the plan and consultation period is available at West Lindsey District Council and also on their website, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk.

It will also be available at www.central-lincs.org.uk.

Comments will be welcomed in writing and online.

Residents can review the draft local plan up until 11th November.

This is the first round of three consultations.