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Work on 250 homes on Grimsby ‘wasteland’ gets underway

Nearly 10 years after the biggest blaze in Grimsby this century, work has begun on the site that is beginning to rise from the ashes.

Work on 250 homes on Grimsby ‘wasteland’ gets underway

Where once stood the massive Birds Eye factory, there will now be over 180 houses and 76 apartments, in the Clee Meadows development.

There will also be some commercial units built at the Ladysmith Road site which was derelict for nearly 10 years.

Now that the site has been cleared, YPG Developments has started work on the new £29 million development at the former Birds Eye site which for nearly a decade was described as Grimsby's biggest wasteland.

North East Lincolnshire Council, in partnership with Engie, has been working to "accelerate" the development, which will result in 184 houses, 76 apartments and around 1000sq m of commercial floor space.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, skills and housing at NELC, said: "I'm pleased to see this development underway. Bringing these brownfield sites back into use is one of the pillars of our regeneration proposals. The development will help us in our ambition to maximise the borough's economic potential, breathe life into underused sites and improve the range of housing on offer.

Ming Yeung, managing director at Yeung Property Group, said: "We're very pleased to be able to get this development off the ground and be on site. Ladysmith Road is an area that has been derelict for a number of years and working with Engie, we have been able to progress much faster with this development due to the Local Development Order in place and the work of the planning team to make it possible.

"North East Lincolnshire is an area showing real economic potential and we are proud to be working towards the ambitions of North East Lincolnshire Council and bringing a long term brownfield site back into use."

A Local Development Order was put in place for the site in 2015 to help accelerate the development on the brownfield site.

Crofts Estate Agents have sole-selling rights for it, and hope that the development will give Ladysmith Road "the regeneration that it deserves".

The estate will offer a contemporary collection of two and three bedroom houses with bespoke kitchens and appliances, with all homes coming with eco-friendly log burners as standard, with phase one of the development set to be completed around April 2018, with a show house available for viewing in February.

Since then the site has become one of the largest urban wastelands in North East Lincolnshire, and according to local residents, a hot-spot for fly-tipping, and was the scene of a large fire in April, when a pile of rubbish which is said to have formed during preparation work on the site ahead of the building of new homes, went up in flames.

Prices for the two bedroom homes are to begin at £109,959, and the three bedroom homes at £135,000, and there is a help to buy scheme in place to aid any buyers, that will lend £27,000 for a deposit as long as the buyer can come up with £6,750 themselves.

It is expected to take four years to complete the development.

The building on the former Birds Eye site comes thanks to work from North East Lincolnshire Council to speed up building on the site, as well as at Western School, Grimsby, and the former Clifton bingo hall in Grant Street, Cleethorpes.

Councillors agreed the three sites could have Local Development Orders, meaning the developers do not have to wait for outline planning permission before starting work.

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