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Muse picked for Gainsborough regeneration

By James Wallace - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:18

West Lindsey District Council has selected Muse Developments, the development and urban regeneration specialists, as preferred partner for the regeneration of Gainsborough.

The partnership is on an initial deal for up to five years, which could stretch to 12 years to ensure there is sustained investment in the district. It is set to create over 100 net new jobs in construction and a further 100 plus jobs during the operational phase of the development programme, contributing circa £14m overall to the economy.

The initial phase of the development will seek to develop a cinema with restaurant outlets within Gainsborough town centre and create a public square as well as improvements to the riverfront. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has allocated £4m through its ‘growth deal’ to support West Lindsey District Council’s aspirations for growth in Gainsborough.

Ruth Carver, director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “This funding allocation will help to bring forward a diverse range of new housing schemes and promote job creation.”

Cllr Sheila Bibb, chairman of the prosperous communities committee, said: “Attracting a partner to West Lindsey District Council with excellent regeneration credentials, gives the council real confidence that its growth plans are on target to deliver not only for Gainsborough but the wider economic benefits for the district. The council’s prospectus for Invest Gainsborough has been a great showcase, presenting the scale and range of development opportunities. It has been supported by Homes England and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) which has been instrumental to our success.”

A second phase of projects are under review and will be announced later this year aimed to further regenerate the riverside area, brownfield land and sustainable urban extensions. These developments will follow that of Marshalls Yard to create a town offer and be capable of attracting and supporting the planned 4,500 homes for the town.

David Wells, regional director at Muse Developments, a national developer with operations in Manchester, London, Leeds and Glasgow, said: “We are both proud and excited to partner with West Lindsey District Council on the regeneration of Gainsborough, which will bring real, sustainable change to the town.”

Cllr Jeff Summers leader of West Lindsey District Council said: “This will lead to the total transformation of Gainsborough over the next five years to rebalance the town’s economy. This long-term strategy to create a sustainable place, will refocus the minds of local business people and visitors alike creating a vibrancy we should all aspire to.”

Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place at Lincolnshire County Council said he hoped the benefits would be felt across wider Central Lincolnshire. He said: “This deal will be a real shot in the arm for Gainsborough.”

James Wallace is a freelance consultant and can be reached via Linkedin or email: jawallace32@gmail.com

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