Gainsborough River Trent redevelopment plans approved

Aerial view of plans Image copyright West Lindsey District Council
Image caption Homes, shops and restaurants are part of the proposed development

Plans to carry out a major redevelopment of an area along the River Trent have been approved.

West Lindsey District Council wants to see 750 homes built on brownfield land in Gainsborough as part of plans to redevelop the town.

The authority wants to use an area of disused land off Carr Lane.

The plans include provision for shops, leisure facilities and a riverside walk.

The project is part of a government scheme aimed at fast-tracking regeneration projects on brownfield sites.

Local Development Orders mean outline planning permission can be granted automatically, enabling developers to start work without having to go through the normal planning process.

Image caption The authority said work could start as early as 2017

Eve Fawcett-Moralee, from the authority, said: "We want to take this opportunity to capitalise on our riverside location and bring quality development into the town."

The council is working with developers and the government on 13 Housing Zone sites between Gainsborough, Lea and Morton, she said.

It is also working on plans for a marina in Gainsborough, next to the development.

A potted history of Gainsborough and the River Trent

Image copyright Richard Croft
  • Viking king Sweyn Forkbeard briefly ruled England from the site of what is now the Old Hall - close to the banks of the River Trent
  • It is also said to be where his son Canute attempted to hold back the waves of the Aegir - a tidal bore, which takes its name from the Viking God of the Sea
  • There is evidence of a moat fed from the nearby River Trent around the Old Hall and a sizeable army camp in the town's Castle Hills
  • Gainsborough was also the fictional town on which St Ogg's was based in the George Eliot novel The Mill on the Floss.
  • The town is also reputed to be the UK's most inland port and has had a long history of river shipping
  • In 2010, town councillor David Dobbie called for Gainsborough to be re-named Gainsborough-on-Trent, to celebrate its links with the river

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