Planning permission has been granted for 135 new homes in a riverside setting in Gainsborough.

As part of West Lindsey District Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Gainsborough, planning permission has now been granted to transform a brownfield site into 135 new homes with landscaping and a riverside walk.

The £20m development, which will be delivered by housing provider Acis, will be built on Bowling Green Lane, close to the popular Mercer Wood.

It will offer residents an innovative mix of various affordable housing types from over 55s accommodation to family homes, making it an ‘exemplar’ housing scheme.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP has contributed a grant of £2.27m from the Government’s Growth Deal to enable the development to go ahead.

The site forms part of the Greater Gainsborough Housing Zone designation, and the development is supported by Homes England.

The finished floor levels of the new homes will be raised above the minimum levels to deliver the required flood risk mitigation measures.

Ruth Carver, Chief Executive of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “We’re very pleased to be contributing £2.27m towards this important land remediation project which will create a serviced development platform for the delivery of a mixed tenure housing scheme at Bowling Green Road.

“Without the LEP’s intervention at the front end the scheme would not be able to come forward for development.”

The planning application to transform the brownfield site was unanimously passed by West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday (8th January).

Work is due to start in March 2020 and the development is expected to be finished by December 2023.

Cllr Ian Fleetwood, Chair of the Planning Committee, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to housing led economic growth and signals the Government’s ongoing support for the regeneration and growth of Gainsborough.

“We recognise that housing is key to the success of our communities as well as being of paramount importance to the quality of life, health and wellbeing of residents. Access to safe and affordable housing is the foundation upon which people can build happy and successful lives.”