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Lockdown easing boosts interest in new Wombwell homes

The national increase in property demand following the easing of lockdown has been mirrored in Barnsley, with a new development seeing a huge surge in demand.

The new 60-home Wells Lane development in Wombwell is being built by Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire on behalf of housing provider Acis.

With a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes available for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent, the site is sparking the interest in people from Barnsley and the surrounding area.

Statistics show an upsurge in interest of 143% in the homes as lockdown started to ease. The interest has resulted in 13 interested parties snapping up the first properties available, just days after becoming available.

The news comes as housing demand rose 88% nationally when the housing market reopened following the coronavirus lockdown, according to Zoopla. Their figures also show that two thirds of would-be movers across England say they still plan to go ahead with their property plans.

Acis received funding from Homes England to develop the 4.23-acre plot, on the former site of Wombwell Oakfield Junior School which remained undeveloped since its closure in 2007.

The properties all boast parking, enclosed gardens, modern kitchens with fitted appliances, spacious living rooms, gas central heating and double glazing throughout and vinyl flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and downstairs WCs. Prices start from just £142,000 for sale and £60,000 for a 50% share in a shared ownership property.

Rob Main, Head of Property Development at Acis, said: “The teams have been working hard over lockdown to complete the first tranche of homes on this wonderful new development, and it’s great to see the spark in interest now the property market is open again.

“We’re definitely seeing the national trend reflected in Barnsley. People will have spent a lot of time in their homes during lockdown and many will have re-evaluated their living options.”

For more information on the new development, and to book a time to view the site and show homes, visit

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Remediation works to begin at Bowling Green Lane

We’re pleased to announce our next steps in the regeneration of Gainsborough.

Land remediation work will begin on the Bowling Green Lane site on Tuesday 26 May.

This marks the start of our major regeneration project for Gainsborough town centre working in partnership with West Lindsey District Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The remediation work is the first step in the development journey for the site, making sure potential flood issues are dealt with.

This work will last until around Christmas 2020 before development works begin to build 135 new homes in the new year.

Earlier this year we were granted planning permission for the site and we are pleased work is now going to begin on the brownfield site. The plans gave the green light for us to develop new homes with associated landscaping and riverside walk.

The £20 million development will be built on a riverside setting on Bowling Green Lane, close to the popular Mercer Wood. It will offer residents an innovative mix of various affordable housing types from over 55s accommodation to family homes.

This project, along with our redevelopment of North Parade, will see us provide further sustainable communities for the future of Gainsborough, in line with local demand.

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North Parade redevelopment

North Parade redevelopment

We are now in the final stages of the planning process to deliver our ambitious plans to redevelop the North Parade flats in Gainsborough and subject to receiving planning permission, the current flats are earmarked for demolition week commencing Monday 13 April.

Our plans are to then replace these flats and associated garages with 27 affordable family homes to meet local housing need.

We are grateful to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincolnshire Police for their prompt response to the fire at these premises on Friday 3 April. Following this incident, the site is now protected by 24-hour security, with secure boarding going up around the site in the next few days.

We would also like to express our thanks to local residents for their patience whilst we have prepared our plans for the redevelopment of this area.

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£20 million investment into new Gainsborough homes gets go ahead

We are delighted to announce that our plans to regenerate the land off Bowling Green Road in Gainsborough have been granted planning permission.

The plans, in partnership with West Lindsey District Council, have been given the green light for us to develop 135 new homes with associated landscaping and riverside walk

The £20 million development will be built on a riverside setting on Bowling Green Lane, close to the popular Mercer Wood. It will offer residents an innovative mix of various affordable housing types from over 55s accommodation to family homes.

Working closely with the Environment Agency the finished floor levels of the new homes have been raised above the minimum levels to deliver the required flood risk mitigation measures.

Officers will be looking to finalise agreement on the flood risk mitigation for the scheme with the Environment Agency, prior to issuing the decision.

Mark Jones, Director of Property Services at Acis, said: “This is another great development for Gainsborough, bringing more quality affordable homes to the town. This is part of our wider ambitious growth plans for the region, delivering safe, attractive neighbourhoods and ultimately better lives for the people of West Lindsey.”

A £2.27 million grant has been awarded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) to enable the development.

Ruth Carver, Chief Executive of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is very pleased to be contributing £2.27m towards this important land remediation project which will create a serviced development platform for the delivery of a mixed tenure housing scheme at Bowling Green Road.

“Without the LEP’s intervention at the front end the scheme would not be able to come forward for development.”

The scheme provides much needed, high quality affordable housing to existing and new residents in the town.

The planning application to transform the brownfield site was unanimously passed by West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on 8 January.

Work is due to start in March 2020 and the development is expected to be finished by December 2023.

Cllr Ian Fleetwood, Chair of the Planning Committee, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to housing led economic growth and signals the Governments ongoing support for the regeneration and growth of Gainsborough.

We recognise that housing is key to the success of our communities as well as being of paramount importance to the quality of life, health and wellbeing of residents. Access to safe and affordable housing is the foundation upon which people can build happy and successful lives.”

If you want to apply for social housing to rent within West Lindsey, you need to be registered with Home Choices.

Visit Home Choices online to register, or get in contact with a member of the Home Choices team during weekdays for more information: or 01427 676 676.

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New Director appointed

We are delighted to welcome a new director into our executive leadership team.

Mark Jones takes up the position of Director of Property Services and will oversee our busy development pipeline and repairs service Prime.

He joins the organisation with a wealth of knowledge, having worked in the social housing sector for more than 30 years.

Joining from Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, Mark also brings significant experience of transformation and service improvement.

On joining Acis, Mark said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Acis team.

“I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to work towards the organisation’s clear objectives and continue our goal of delivering for our customers”

Mark Joins Chief Executive Greg Bacon, Director for Customer Excellence Paul Woollam and Finance Director Adrian Chamberlain on our executive leadership team.

Greg said: “We’re very pleased with Mark’s appointment and are looking forward to seeing the value he can bring to the role. His knowledge and experience will play a huge part in our growth plans.”

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New Saxilby customers move into their ‘perfect’ homes

New Saxilby customers move into their ‘perfect’ homes


People are settling into their new homes on our new over 55s development in Saxilby, Lincolnshire.


We have partnered with Lindum Construction to develop 60 new homes off Church Lane in the village. The neighbourhood comprises 50 bungalows and ten flats, specifically designed to meet the needs of the county’s ageing population. 


The homes were made available through an equal mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale, providing high-quality living space with excellent nearby amenities and links to Lincoln.


Customers started to move in from May 2019, full of praise for the properties and the area.


Christine Peate, 78, bought her home outright. She said: “I absolutely love it here. It feels like home already.


“I have lived in Saxilby since 1971. It’s a nice friendly village, it’s got all the amenities, a bus service, a good school, a good doctor’s and it’s not far from Gainsborough and Lincoln.


“Buying through Acis, everything was fine. I did it all by myself. I saw the homes on the internet and thought ‘they look nice’. We had a walk up, had a look around and went back home to put my house on the market. It just feels right.”


Peter Storr, 68, moved in with his wife Denise, 69, after purchasing a share of their home through our popular shared ownership scheme.


Peter said: ““We used to own a property in Caistor before renting in Lincoln. We wanted to get back to owning something and this was the ideal opportunity.


“Caistor’s a lovely village and we lived there for nine years. Lincoln was convenient for us but we wanted to get back to a village environment.


“We hadn’t thought about shared ownership before but it’s great. It gives people an opportunity to settle into their own home, especially with pension pots not being what they once were. The process is very straightforward.”


Denise added: “We have friends and family locally. My sister lives nearby too now – she saw what we were doing and followed us.


“The quietness of the place is nice. The thought of going back onto an estate with lots of noise wasn’t appealing.


“It’s an ideal size – perfect for two people to live in and have people around.”


Karen Owens, 57, was successful in bidding for one of the rented properties. She said: “My mum lived in Oaklands and she was struggling, so she’s managed to get something here as well. It’s great to be close by – it makes a big difference. The housing association were amazing.


“Saxilby has got everything that you want in a village. Where I lived before, if my car broke down I’d struggle to get out and go to work. Here, I can get on a train or bus. I’ve got everything I need. And the area is nice too, I can go walking around.”


The properties boast modern kitchen diners with fitted appliances, spacious walk-in showers, gas central heating, double glazing, enclosed rear gardens, off-street parking and excellent transport links.


The development has been supported by a social housing grant from Homes England.

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Work underway on new Wombwell homes

Work has begun to develop new homes in Wombwell, near Barnsley.

We have teamed up with Strategic Team Group to build 60 new homes on the site of the old Oakfield Junior School in Wombwell.

The start of construction work was marked with an official ground breaking ceremony at the site on Friday 5 April.

Representatives from Acis, Strategic Team Group and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council attended the event to hear how the development will provide high-quality affordable homes to the community.

Children from the neighbouring Kings Oak Primary School also attended to see the start of the development. Acis will be working with the school going forwards through its community engagement initiatives.

The new development, which has the financial backing of Homes England, will comprise 60 homes, including 20 for outright purchase, 24 available on a shared ownership basis and a further 16 for affordable rent.

This is our first venture into the area.

Greg Bacon, Acis Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to officially begin work on the site to bring new affordable homes to Wombwell.

It’s a great opportunity for us to grow and continue make our services available across South Yorkshire.”

Andrew Poyner, Development & Legal Director at Strategic Team Group said: “This much needed development will account for around one fifth of the Acis pipeline for 2018/2019, and as such we are very pleased to be such a significant delivery partner to their programme”

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