Why Gainsborough?

Gainsborough is one of the 20 Housing Zones outside London designed to accelerate housing development.

The town will also benefit from £18 million of public sector investment which will underpin heritage-led regeneration and housing-led economic growth.

Gainsborough is predicted to see an economic growth forecast of 12% which supports a 47% increase in the number of homes in the town, ultimately increasing the population to more than 30,000.

The town centre and historic river front will be revitalised and linkages to the first-class retail and food and drink offer in Marshall's Yard will be enhanced, making Gainsborough a strong investment proposition.

A number of key sites have already been earmarked for housing investment. Gainsborough’s riverside will be transformed to offer retail and leisure units, boosting the economy and helping create more than 3,000 jobs.

Queen Elizabeth’s High School offers outstanding education for 11 to 18 year olds and the University of Lincoln – on Gainsborough’s doorstep – is helping to drive the knowledge economy with its world-class teaching and research facilities.

The Greater Gainsborough Housing Zone presents an exciting opportunity for UK-wide developers, which is just the beginning of the next chapter for the town.

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.

Development Opportunities

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.

West Lindsey District Council agreed an £18 million regeneration plan for Gainsborough in February 2016 which has created a raft of projects and an enabling fund regime to:

  • Support the development of brownfield Housing Zone sites in partnership with the HCA
  • Deliver public realm and heritage-led regeneration which will rebuild the town’s historic character.
  • Enhance the linkages between the town centre, Marshall’s Yard and the river front.
  • Rejuvenate the town centre – using the council’s sites to create a western anchor to stimulate leisure and restaurant uses, coupled with support for new businesses to occupy vacant shops.
  • Improve the town’s traditional housing stock and environment
  • Progress the Gainsborough Marina – a transformational project

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Gainsborough Growth Fund
Housing Zone
Invest Gainsborough Prospectus 


Key Information

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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

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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.

Eve Fawcett-Moralee
Strategic Lead Economic Development and Planning
07890 610178 | eve.fawcett-moralee@west-lindsey.gov.uk

Di Krochmal
Housing Zone Programme 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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