A major housing development, which will create a new neighbourhood in Gainsborough and double its population, is still to get off the ground, despite plans to start building work at the start of 2015.
More than 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 have started work in autumn 2012.
In October last year it was announced that work was due to start in early 2015 however the building work for the first phase of the development is now scheduled to get off the ground in autumn this 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.
The 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 help bring jobs, higher wages and greated economic resilience to the area.
The vision for the new neighbourhood is that it will be a distinctive place which functions as a linked neighbourhood to Gainsborough and enhances the presence of the town as a gateway to Lincolnshire.
The new neighbourhood will be created through a high quality, contemporary design led approach that displays variety and distinction.
And it will be drawing upon the best of the existing local characteristics within the town.
Once the first phase of building gets started, which will be for 400 houses, it is estimated that the development will take 12 to 13 years to complete with around 200 new homes added each year.
Simon Douglas, Residential Development Director at Savills, said: “An infrastructure provider has now been appointed by the land provider.”
“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.”
For more information the plans are available at West Lindsey District Council and or view them online at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk.