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Client:  Thonock and Somerby Estate, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Location: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

The development of a new neighbourhood for Gainsborough provides a unique opportunity to deliver an exemplar development for up to 2500 new homes, commercial areas, schools and public open space to the south of the town.

Working within a multi-disciplined team, Nicholas Pearson Assocaites has provided the role of landscape architects and ecologists and have coordinated the input of an archaeological sub-consultant.

The initial task was to assess the potential landscape capacity for potential development within the south, east and west of the town, all within the ownership of the client. A landscape and visual impact assessment and detailed ecological surveys for a range of flora and fauna was also undertaken to steer this process.

A key role was in assisting the design of the masterplan to ensure the combined ecological, landscape and historical capital of the site was retained and enhanced.  We have also produced a comprehensive range of green infrastructure proposals, including POS (Public Open Space), lakes and watercourses and other public realm components, and prepared proposals for off-site ecological compensation areas.

The site lies adjacent to large tracts of woodland owned by the client, and we have formulated public access agreements and outline management proposals for these areas.

After identification of the southern area as the most suitable area for the initial growth phase, we assisted the team in preparing an outline planning application requiring an Environmental Statement (ES), and Design and Access Statement. Planning consent for this major development has now been granted by West Lindsey District Council Planning Committee.