Plans which will transform Skegness and will see the development of a sustainable urban extension to the west of the town have been revealed.
Proposals for the Skegness Gateway, to be the subject of a Local Development Order (LDO) with East Lindsey District Council later this year, show an all-encompassing scheme which will provide hundreds of jobs, a new college, much needed amenities and new homes.
Sue Bowser of the landowner, Croftmarsh, said: “We have farmed the land for over 30 years with a long-term view that certain areas of land could be used for development, and we are very excited to see those plans starting to take shape. We believe that the scheme being proposed will act as a catalyst for positive change for Skegness and position the town in its rightful place in the East Midlands as a place with opportunity and ambition.
“As a family, we have lived and worked in Skegness for generations and are incredibly passionate about delivering a scheme that we – and the rest of the town – can be proud of, and we believe that what we are proposing will do that.
“We have been working hard for a number of months alongside the team at East Lindsey District Council and other stakeholders to put together proposals for Skegness Gateway to ensure that it will be a development exemplar, creating a vibrant new community and we are very pleased to now be able to unveil them.”
The 136-hectare site is to the west of Skegness. The development is being proposed via an LDO in conjunction with East Lindsey District Council, which is expected to be submitted later on this year. The masterplan includes:
- Around 1,000 new homes
- Specialist accommodation for older people
- A tourism offering
- A TEC partnership college
- A crematorium
- Employment and commercial land
Along with this, there will also be significant green space and amenities for locals.
Neil Sanderson of Croftmarsh, added: “We believe that Skegness Gateway will offer a real ‘cradle to grave’ opportunity for the town; offering high quality education, opportunities for start-ups, commercial and industrial space as well as places to live, work and play.
“We are pleased to be working alongside the team at East Lindsey District Council to help bring this exciting scheme to fruition – creating something that will really put Skegness on the map. In working closely with the council and other partners, we have developed a scheme that we believe will complement the regeneration plans under the Towns Fund deal.
“We firmly believe that Skegness Gateway will become a place that helps to bring Skegness to life year-round as it provides significant opportunities for those people already living here, but also serving to attract others to come here to live and work. We are very much looking forward to seeing this scheme progress over the coming months.”
Councillor Tom Ashton, Portfolio Holder for Planning at East Lindsey District Council, said: “I’m delighted to see this ambitious proposal being brought forward. It really will be a landmark development for Skegness, providing not just new homes, but a brand new learning facility to support our residents to develop new skills, and further business and employment land to support our local economy. I look forward to working with Croftmarsh over the coming months to help turn these plans into a reality.”
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