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Hopes that Grimsby Port’s Kasbah site will create jobs again after it’s given special status

The renaissance of the Kasbah area of Grimsby Docks can now begin after it was officially granted Conservation Area status.

Hopes that Grimsby Port’s Kasbah site will create jobs again after it’s given special status

Developed in the 1870s, the network of smoke houses, warehouses and shops situated on land between Royal Dock and Fish Dock No 2 on the Port of Grimsby are a distinctive part of the town's fishing history.

The decision to grant it Conservation Area status was taken by North East Lincolnshire Council's Cabinet, with the authority's deputy leader, councillor Dave Watson, describing it as "wonderful news."

The move will make it easier for landowners ABP, to access opportunities of grant funding from Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners in order to conserve and develop or re-use the heritage assets, which it is hoped will bring about new jobs and growth.

"It's a good news story for the town. It's wonderful news and it shows that we are concentrating on our heritage and protecting it," councillor Watson said.

The Kasbah area is the only surviving area of traditional smoke houses in England, with six listed examples remaining there and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status is already in place for traditional smoked fish products.

The area also forms an important part of the setting of the iconic grade I listed Dock Tower and the grade II* listed Ice Factory. 

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, said the decision to grant the Kasbah area Conservation Area status was an "important building block" of the Greater Grimsby Town Deal - the huge multi-million pound transformation deal put to government which was announced this summer.

"We will be working closely with ABP on the future of this historic area as part of that Town Deal, and look forward to the new future for our historic past," he said.

Rob Walsh, chief executive of NELC, said the Kasbah development emphasised the relationship between the council and ABP, which he said was now "the most constructive it has ever been."

Dafydd Williams, head of communications, ABP Humber, said: "The Port of Grimsby has played a major role in the history of the town and has a major role to play in its future as well.

"The Kasbah is a great example of this as the historic buildings have the potential to attract new jobs and growth for the local area with the right investment and support.

"ABP is delighted to be working closely with North East Lincs Council and Historic England to help to make better use of the Kasbah whilst preserving its heritage for future generations.”

Louise Brennan, planning director, East Midlands at Historic England, added: “ This is fantastic news for Grimsby. The Kasbah is a very special place that has huge potential for regeneration. Across the country, developers and businesses are repairing and reusing historic buildings, turning local history into economic success.

"We believe that making the Kasbah into a Conservation Area will help make this happen in Grimsby and look forward to working with North East Lincolnshire Council and Associated British Ports.

"The Kasbah is now England’s newest Conservation Area in the 50th anniversary of this form of heritage protection and it’s fitting that it’s in the same county as the first – Stamford.”

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