£20m scheme to create 138 homes begins

Work on a £20m scheme to bring affordable homes to Gainsborough has started.

MP Sir Edward Leigh was on hand to mark the start of works to develop new affordable homes in the town at an official groundbreaking ceremony.

Social housing provider Acis has teamed up with West Lindsey District Council to build 138 new homes as part of its wider regeneration programme in the Gainsborough.

The new development, to be built by Vistry Partnerships, has the financial backing of Homes England and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), and will comprise 138 homes with a mix available for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

The official ceremony took place on Friday 13 August and saw the ceremonial cutting of the sod by Sir Edward Leigh MP.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to see this project now beginning to come to life. This housing development is a major boost to the town – £20 million is a huge investment and commitment and I am very grateful to everyone involved, including Acis, Homes England and the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership, as well as everybody else, for making it possible.

“This project is a major part of the continued regeneration of Gainsborough – helping to turn the town from an industrial town into a modern, attractive and innovative place to live, work and visit. I for one, am looking forward to seeing the end result, and I look forward to seeing the new community that will move into these new homes as a result.”

Greg Bacon, Acis Group chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to officially begin work on the site. It has taken us a long time to get to this stage of the development.

“For Acis this is one of the largest new homes project we’ve undertaken and are very grateful for the support of all our partners involved in making this happen.

“We are proud to be building these homes in support of the Invest Gainsborough initiative, and to play our part in the regeneration of the town we call our home.”

A Homes England spokesperson said: “These new homes will provide crucial affordable accommodation for local families and we’re pleased to have played a part in kick-starting this fantastic project.
“We look forward to seeing the new residents making their houses a home.”

The development was given planning permission by West Lindsey District Council in January 2020.