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2,500 homes approved in Lincolnshire

Words: Laura Edgar

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has granted approval for three planning applications that will see 2,500 homes built and improvements to the M181 motorway.

Maltgrade Ltd submitted all three planning applications. Their approval will see phase two of the Lincolnshire Lakes regeneration scheme built, with the scheme on a whole aiming to build more than 7,300 homes and 5,00 jobs in total.

Rob Waltham, deputy leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said the approvals will “pave the way for the region’s largest housing regeneration scheme for years to come”.

“It’s a significant milestone; now the necessary approvals have been granted, we can get on with delivering this huge scheme that will totally transform the area.”

The approvals last week will enable the building of 2,500 homes; the creation of a village centre and a lake; the de-trunking of the M181 and the installation of a new terminating junction and improvements to local transport and highways infrastructure.

“It is difficult to imagine the sheer scale of it – but to put it into context, it is the size of around 50 football pitches. We have never before seen anything of this magnitude” – Waltham

Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund is providing £8.6 million for the project, with North Lincolnshire Council providing the remaining money using developer contributions for the £13.3 million road improvement scheme.

The government said this is the second time an award has been made from the £100 million fund since it was set up this year as part of its 2015 road investment strategy, which will see £15 billion worth of investment.

Highways England’s chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said the Lincolnshire Lakes project will unlock the development of “two strategic sites, directly enabling the delivery of thousands of jobs and homes over the next 12 years”. Image credit | North Lincolnshire Council

A new roundabout will be created where the M181 meets the M180, which will, according to the government, provide access to the new home and business properties. It said the junction is necessary to accommodate the extra journeys and without its investment, “the scheme would not have been viable".

The project as a whole, the council said, will see the creation of five new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, including new schools, a new football stadium and pubs and restaurants.

Liz Redfern, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Developers Lucent Fund and Maltgrade have now received the go-ahead for the two largest phases of the scheme and we have yet to receive further applications for the remaining homes that will complete the development.

“North Lincolnshire Council is extremely grateful for this huge government investment. The Lincolnshire Lakes project is fundamental in helping our area grow and prosper.”

The £15bn road investment strategy was announced in 2014 by then Prime Minister David Cameron. The aim of the investment is to tackle congestion across the country by adding more than 1,300 new lane miles and addressing long-standing problem areas of the road network.

The second Road Investment Strategy was announced in 2016 Budget.

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