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05/07/2018

Town deal struck for Greater Grimsby

Words: Laura Edgar
Grimsby / Mat Fascione

The government has announced that a £67 million Stage 1 Town Deal has been agreed with Greater Grimsby, which could deliver almost 10,000 new homes in the area.

At least 8,800 new jobs could also be created.

The deal was set out by local growth minister Jake Berry, business minister Lord Henley, and the Greater Grimsby Project Board at the Marine Operating Centre in the town.

The board, led by David Ross and North East Lincolnshire Council, worked with local MPs, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and leaders from the public and private sectors to develop plans to secure a deal.

Investment as a result of the deal will go towards improving key roads and establishing enterprise zones to attract and support businesses to the area.

The government said the deal is in line with its commitment in the Industrial Strategy white paper to work with local communities who have strong partnerships and a commitment to regenerate their areas.

The deal comprises:

  • £2 million from the government’s local growth fund to support road improvements to Moody Lane and Woad Lane, which connect to South Humber Industrial Investment Programme Enterprise Zone sites.
  • A further £65 million of investment already provided by North East Lincolnshire Council (£35 million) and the government (£30 million) to support regeneration plans for Greater Grimsby.
  • Government expertise and support including through Homes England and Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone initiative to help develop the housing and town centre with a focus on heritage-led regeneration and the development of the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme sites.
  • Such measures aim to accelerate the delivery of new jobs and homes set out in the council’s adopted local plan, which includes provision for 8,800 jobs and 9,700 new homes by 2032, explained the government.

Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Last year, we pitched an ambitious plan to central government to show them who we are and what we can do.

“The focus of that plan was that Greater Grimsby has the capacity to accomplish so much more than it has, and that by bringing together key people with shared aspirations we can work with the community to build a prosperous and sustainable future for our town.”

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, added: “Grimsby, as the gateway to the Energy Estuary and the South Humber Bank, will play an important part in the industrial strategy we are developing for the Humber and the LEP is committed to their success.

“We are already investing in projects and businesses across the borough, and today (5 July) I am pleased to announce that we plan to provide £2.1 million Growth Deal funding towards road and cycle improvements on Moody Lane and Woad Lane – improving access to key employment sites.”

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