Council planners raise their game on homes and jobs

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 7 Sep 2015

Gainsborough conservation areaA flurry of major applications is prompting district council planners to embark on an ambitious growth agenda for housing and employment.

Recent applications at West Lindsey District Council included one for 500 homes on the borders of Lincoln and another for 450 homes south of Gainsborough.

Interim development manager Derek Lawrence told Planning: “This area is on the Lincoln fringe and near the banks of the River Trent and the A1 road: it is a growth area.

“But because we don't have a five-year housing-land supply, lots of developers are submitting applications. The improving economy is also prompting more applications.” 

The council is looking to recruit a senior development management officer to deal with a range of applications from householder and minor jobs to major residential and commercial or retail schemes.

Lawrence said: “The development management service is focused on regenerating Gainsborough, delivering employment opportunities in its rural area and providing the homes that will be needed in the district over the next 20 years."

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