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Green light for £60m development as Beal growth gathers speed

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The development will cater for the full range of customers, from homes for first-time buyers to four bedroom family properties, and bungalows.

Fast-growing Beal Homes has secured the go ahead for its latest major development In Lincolnshire.

The award-winning, family-owned housebuilder has gained reserved matters planning approval for a £60m development of 350 homes in Welton, on the northern edge of Lincoln, which will be one of the company’s largest schemes to date.

The development will feature 263 open market properties catering for a wide range of buyers and 15 affordable homes. In addition, the scheme will also deliver 72 specialist retirement homes developed by Lincoln-based Lace Housing, which provides housing support services for older people in Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.

The development will feature a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes. Unusually for a new development, the Beal properties will include 24 bungalows, reflecting Lincolnshire’s popularity as a retirement location.

Having been granted outline planning approval in 2015, Beal has now gained reserved matters consent from West Lindsey District Council for detailed plans, meaning the development can proceed.

The development will cover 72 acres, including a 22-acre green space with a recreational area, to include a woodland walk, and is just a few minutes’ drive from the historic centre of Lincoln.

Founded 50 years ago, East Yorkshire-based Beal has grown to become Yorkshire and Lincolnshire’s leading private housebuilder and is at the forefront of residential development and regeneration across the region.

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Above: The development at Welton will add to Beal’s track record for successful schemes providing high-quality new homes across Lincolnshire. Picture: Jack Harland, R&R Studio.

We build high-quality homes in developments that enhance local communities and where people love to live. Welton will be no exception

Richard Beal ​Beal Chairman and Managing Director

Beal Chairman and Managing Director Richard Beal said: “We’re delighted to have been given the green light for this exciting development, which will be delivered over the next five to seven years.

“The scale of this scheme reflects our continuing growth and capability to deliver ever-larger developments, while retaining the family ethos and highly-personal service our customers value so much.

“The common element in all our schemes is that we build high-quality homes in developments that enhance local communities and where people love to live. Welton will be no exception.”

The development is likely to be popular with families as William Farr School in Welton, one of Lincolnshire’s leading schools, is close by, as is Welton St Mary’s Primary.

The Welton Manor Golf Centre and its magnificent parkland course are close by and the development is directly linked to the Welton Manor Park Sports Centre, which has 24 acres of playing fields.

Other local amenities include the historic and reputedly-haunted Black Bull pub in Welton. The pub was the local haunt of Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his colleagues from the 617 “Dambusters” squadron, based at the nearby RAF Scampton.

Chris Murphy, Beal Associate Land Director, said: “We’ve been working on this project for a number of years and we’re pleased that we will be moving into the construction phase early in the New Year.

“The location of this site is excellent, as it offers a tranquil rural location, but with great facilities close by and it’s just minutes from the cathedral city of Lincoln, which has fantastic shopping, bars, restaurants and other attractions. It all means residents will enjoy a superb quality of life.

“The development will cater for the full range of customers, from homes for first-time buyers to four bedroom family properties, and bungalows. We believe it will have very broad appeal.”

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Above: Beal Homes Associate Land Director Chris Murphy at the 72-acre site in Welton, Lincolnshire, where the company has gained consent for a £60m development of 350 new homes.

The Welton development will add to Beal’s track record for successful schemes providing high-quality new homes for Lincolnshire’s growing population.

Beal is currently continuing the phased development of The Swale in Gainsborough, one of Lincolnshire’s most up and coming communities. When completed, The Swale will feature 186 homes.

Beal also recently submitted updated plans for 112 homes on the site of the former Castle Hills Community College in Gainsborough. The development was originally given outline approval in 2016 and Beal has now submitted a detailed application for the scheme.

Last year Beal completed its Lakeside development of 163 homes at Waddington, just four miles north of Lincoln. When Beal acquired the site it was a ramshackle brownfield location featuring a brick factory, a clay pit used to excavate materials for the factory, a vehicle repair business and disused railway sidings. Today it’s a highly attractive development of quiet cul-de-sacs, with the clay pit transformed into a nature reserve.

Last year also saw Beal complete the final phase of the spectacular Burton Waters development. Set in the countryside less than five miles from the heart of Lincoln, the stunning waterside community has been developed by Beal, gradually and sensitively, over the past 15 years.

The company has also previously delivered high-quality developments in Nettleham, Welton, Branston and Wragby – all villages surrounding Lincoln.

Named as Yorkshire Housebuilder of the Year three times in as many years, Beal enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and customer service.

The company is the only housebuilder of its size offering customised specifications across its full range, true to its inspiring vision “to create exceptional homes as individual as our customers”.