Witham St Hughs, Lincs

Transformation of a former RAF base into the new village of Witham St Hugh’s

Strawsons acquired the former RAF Swinderby site in 1996 and, following a comprehensive feasibility study, subsequently promoted it through the planning system for the development of a new village.

The site lies between Newark and Lincoln and comprises 620 acres, including runways, hangars, workshops, offices and accommodation areas such as barracks blocks and houses.

Planning consent was granted by North Kesteven District Council in 2000. The runways and hangers were sold and a comprehensive and visionary masterplan was created for the remaining site.

At the heart of the development a primary school with associated facilities was create to provide a true sense of place. Around this focal point, more than 700 new homes, a community centre, playing fields, local shops, pharmacy, food store and new public transport links to Newark and Lincoln have been delivered in order to provide a high quality, sustainable community.

We have taken a lead developer role, installing the roads and drainage infrastructure, structural landscaping, open space, village centre and community facilities. Discreet parcels of land were sold to number of housebuilders in order to bring forward a mixture of housing types across the development.

A groundbreaking Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDS) design was incorporated including swales, wetlands and ponds, which have now been adopted by the authorities. Willow is grown near the site for the district heating systems, which not only delivers a supply of green energy, but also acts as a haven for birds, mammals, insects, but provides year-round walking opportunities for local residents.

The team continues to work with the Local Planning Authority to potentially bring forward a major new extension to this successful village.

For more information please contact the team on 01757 630270 or email info@strawsonsproperty.com