Why Gainsborough?

Gainsborough has a bright future - it has space to expand and an appetite for growth. Gainsborough is predicted to see an economic growth forecast of 12%, which supports a 47% increase in the number of homes. 

Nestled in the north-west corner of Lincolnshire, we’re the ideal investment location. With two international airports and mainline rail services right on our doorstep, plus easy access to the Humber ports.

We’re home to successful international businesses and thriving SMEs. You could join 1700 businesses which benefit from affordable employment land and support from the Gainsborough Growth Fund.

We have a bustling business community offering a wealth of support. You could benefit from the support and advice of the Council and Local Enterprise Partnership, plus introductions to our Place Board and access to our employer-led ‘Made In Gainsborough apprenticeship scheme.’

We offer excellent education opportunities. Queen Elizabeth’s High School, which offers outstanding education, is located in Gainsborough. We also have the forward-thinking Gainsborough Academy, the specialist Gainsborough College, and right on our doorstep is Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology.

We’re a fantastic place to live. Find affordable, great quality housing in the town, ideal for raising a family.

Surrounded by beautiful green spaces. The Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is right on our doorstep, offering breath-taking walks and cycle routes.

We’ve had exciting recent developments. In recent months, a new restaurant has opening in the town centre, and planning application has been placed for a four-screen cinema in the town centre. 

There are some great grant opportunities available. Our grants offer you the opportunity to be part of a heritage-based transformation of our town centre.

We are a welcoming, creative and proud community. There are so many people who make up the thriving Gainsborough community. Why don’t you become one of them?


As part of West Lindsey District Council’s £18 million regeneration plan for Gainsborough, there are a range of opportunities available for you to develop and invest in the town. Browse our opportunities below and get in touch with us to find out how we can support you.

  • Gainsborough Growth Zone: There’s great commercial land available here in Gainsborough if you want the space and opportunity to launch a new enterprise.
  • Townscape Heritage Initiative: The Gainsborough Townscape Heritage Partnership will see over £1.9 million invested as part of a major project to restore historic buildings and heritage assets in the town. The town centre project will specifically focus on Lord Street and the Market Place.
  • Shop Front Scheme: As part of the Gainsborough Growth Fund, you could apply for up to £15,000 to restore shops in Gainsborough Town Centre (covering up to 75% of costs).
  • Living Over The Shops: To further support the vitality of the Gainsborough town centre and the other town centre place making programmes, the Council has launched a grant scheme which will incentivise freeholders/ long leaseholders to create or reinstate residential dwellings within the town centre.  

Our Invest Gainsborough Prospectus is available here. Learn more about Growth at West Lindsey District Council on its website.

Vision for Gainsborough

Gainsborough is a thriving Lincolnshire market town with major growth ambitions. The expansion of the population will go hand-in-hand with the provision of more jobs, improved education, more and better services and facilities, an improved town centre and a generally better quality of life for all.

In twenty years Gainsborough will have:

  • A well planned and vibrant town centre, which has a variety of high quality shops, services and leisure uses.
  • Developed our heritage assets creating unique landmark attractions, building on the success of Marshall’s Yard and Whittons Mill.
  • Enhanced network of green spaces.
  • Delivered Gainsborough’s first sustainable Urban Extension, with range of high quality housing and employment provision.
  • A strong and connected economy providing a wide range of jobs to serve an expanded workforce.
  • An improved transport network with enhanced rail provision which has capitalised on the links to the Humber Bank, Doncaster and Sheffield.
  • A town which has fully embraced green technologies.

As a growth area, Gainsborough is seeking to increase its population by 10,000 to 36,000 in the next twenty years.

Gainsborough has two urban extensions to the north and south of the town which will accommodate at least 2,150 new homes before 2036. The Southern Neighbourhood has the benefit of planning consent for 2,500 homes, employment land, commercial space and social infrastructure. The Northern Neighbourhood is located adjacent to the Gainsborough Golf Club. A planning application is anticipated towards the end of 2016 for an initial development of circa 750 new homes with supporting local facilities. The development of these sites provide the opportunity to develop a new and differentiated housing market in the town building on the successful new developments at The Swale, The Belt and Foxby Lane.


Key Information

Thinking of investing in Gainsborough?

Click on the maps to find out about key features of the town and useful information that will help inform your development plans. 

Latest News

Bright futures on offer at Academy careers fair
10 Feb


Plans Submitted for four screen cinema in Gainsborough
10 Jan


£20 million investment into Riverside Housing Scheme Gainsborough gets go-ahead
09 Jan


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Our location

­Gainsborough is located on the eastern bank of the River Trent, on the border with Nottinghamshire and the Sheffield City Region.

The City of Lincoln lies about 18 miles to the south east and the Humber ports are some 37 miles to the north east. Access to the motorway network is at Scunthorpe (M180) 20 miles to the north, or Blyth (A1M) 14 miles to the west. Lea Road Railway Station provides a regular service to Lincoln, Sheffield and Doncaster (East Coast Mainline).

Gainsborough is within easy reach of Robin Hood International Airport (nr Doncaster) and Humberside Airport to the north of the county.

Gainsborough travel times
Place Distance Time
Lea Road Railway Station 1mi / 1.6km 5 mins
A1(M) 14mi / 22km 23 mins
Robin Hood Airport 18mi / 29km 30 mins
Lincoln 19mi / 30km 33 mins
Doncaster 21mi / 34km 36 mins
Newark 25mi / 40km 44 mins
Humberside Airport 30mi / 48km 45 mins
Sheffield 35mi / 56km 59 mins
Immingham Dock 37mi / 59km 55 mins

Get in touch

How we can help...?

The Growth Team at West Lindsey are keen to support any development proposals. Whether you are an existing business looking to expand or a new business looking to to start or relocate to this thriving rural area, we are here to help.


We have a team of people who can help and support you to ensure you have all the information, advice and guidance you need to make your plans come alive.

Sally Grindrod-Smith
Assistant Director of Planning and Regeneration
01427 676637sally.grindod-smith@west-lindsey.gov.uk

Di Krochmal
Housing Strategy and Supply Manager
07800 727742 | diane.krochmal@west-lindsey.gov.uk

Wendy Osgodby
Gainsborough Place Manager
01427 676636 | wendy.osgodby@west-lindsey.gov.uk



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