Plans for 2,500 homes in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, have received the backing of a Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) design-review panel.
It has told West Lindsey District Council that Thonock and Somerby Estates had put a convincing case for the development of the proposed site to the south of the town.
The focus on integrating the new neighbourhood with the rest of the town is encouraging, says CABE, and it has urged that this aspect of the development should be taken further.
It was particularly enthusiastic about proposals to use the natural features and landscape − woodland, watercourses, hedgerows − to help give shape to the development.
Thonock spokesman Tom Aylmer has responded by saying: ‘CABE is an important stakeholder, and we will take onboard the constructive comments it has provided.
“The consultation process is ongoing, and we will be maintaining dialogue with CABE and other consultees. We also plan to stage further community consultation events for the Gainsborough public sometime in the New Year.”
The plans also include a new neighbourhood centre, two local centres, shops, two primary schools, leisure and medical facilities and business and employment spaces.