Building the Future
28th March 2017
North East Lincolnshire Council has been awarded £570K from central government to help accelerate housing development on brownfield sites in Grimsby.
The funding will be used for technical feasibility and masterplanning studies to accelerate development of key town centre sites and to identify how the existing housing stock can be improved in the adjoining East/West Marsh wards.
The Estates Regeneration funding will be utilised for:
• technical and commercial appraisal of key brownfield sites to assess their suitability for development and undertake masterplanning activity
• a review of opportunities to improve the existing housing stock in the West Marsh ward, through for example improved public spaces, parking or energy efficiency measures
• assessing the feasibility of establishing an local housing management organisation to coordinate the management of and investment in the social rented housing stock
• consultation and engagement with the local community on housing and neighbourhood improvements
• promotion of new build sites to attract potential developers to North East Lincolnshire.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, said, "This is great news and builds on the £8m Cartergate investment and the £3.7m Local Growth Fund grant for the town centre which we’ve already secured.
"A vibrant town centre is a vital part of our efforts to improve the attractiveness of the adjoining neighbourhoods as places to live and invest. This funding will kick start our long term ambition to deliver new development along the waterfront and in other parts of the town centre, and improve the management of our existing housing areas."
Henry Cleary, Chair of the North East Lincolnshire’s Housing and Development Board commented: "Funding for these projects is a big step forward towards restoring a healthy housing investment market in the centre of Grimsby. It will fund the critical advance work needed to join up new projects in the town centre with the West Marsh and other inner areas, and get existing landlords to work together. Gaining this funding in a nationally competitive scheme shows that these plans have real support."
The Grimsby Gateway bid was put forward by the council to the Department for Communities and Local Government under its ‘Estates Regeneration’ programme.
For further details of the full announcement, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-100-housing-estates-receive-regeneration-cash-boost