The 2007 Gainsborough Masterplan outlined an ambitious vision to double the size of the town’s population to 36,000 during the period to 2026 and provided a catalyst for a range of investments in the town.
Since being awarded Growth Point status, outline planning permission has been granted for a sustainable new neighbourhood next to Foxby Lane in Gainsborough, which will comprise a high quality, sustainable urban extension with 2,500 homes, infrastructure, employment land, community facilities and open space. Work is currently ongoing with land owner on design codes and reserved matters applications. The growth of Gainsborough is also being supported through the development of the Core Strategy (Local Plan) for Central Lincolnshire.
Other notable achievements using Growth Point funding include:
- The Plough - Renovation of former public house to create small start-up units for new businesses in Gainsborough town centre. Construction work has now been completed and the building is set to open in February 2012.
- Gainsborough Town Centre & Market Improvements - £2+m public realm improvement scheme to restore the traditional market place has been completed along with the upgrade of the street market with new vehicles and stall equipment. A further phase of improvements is also scheduled for 2012.
- Gainsborough Eco-Homes scheme – a project to provide seven new affordable and eco-efficient dwellings. Built to Code Level 5 (new build), these homes will provide quality affordable dwellings in the centre of Gainsborough. This is a joint project between West Lindsey District Council and Longhurst and Havelok Homes, funded via the Government’s ‘eco-towns’ scheme and the council’s Section 106 monies.