Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Burt Keimach, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward), has welcomed the news. He said:
"This is excellent news for Gainsborough as it means the development that will support the regeneration of the town can be decided locally. It also fits in well with the Government's agenda for people to shape their own futureAs previously reported, the council granted outline planning permission for 2,500 homes to be built on land south of Foxby Lane, in the South West Ward of Gainsborough. However, because the scale of the development is different from the local policy, the final decision had to be approved by the Government.
"We can now proceed to determine the application in line with the Planning Committee's decision and continue the regeneration of Gainsborough."
This week, the council received a letter from the Government Office for the East Midlands. It read:
"In the Secretary of State's view, the proposed (application) does not raise issues of such wider significance as to require a determination by him and he has, therefore, concluded that your council should decide the application."Plans for the development include two primary schools, shops, a doctors' surgery and a multi-use centre.
The development will be complemented with large open spaces and parks and access to nearby woodlands together with pedestrian and cycle routes.
Chief Executive of the Council Mrs. Manjeet Gill said:
"This new development is another positive sign of confidence in the future of Gainsborough. It will provide a major employment boost in the construction stage and will eventually support 1,500 new jobs in the business, industrial, retail and home worker sectors.The applicant will now need to submit further 'reserved matters' applications, to deal with the detail of the site.
It's crucial we get the plans right by ensuring the right infrastructure and services will be in place to cope with the increase in demand and we look forward to seeing the details of the planning application."
The timescale for this and the start date for building is in the hands of the developer.
However, it is planned that the development will take 12-13 years to complete with about 200 new homes being added each year.