£10m investment in Humber road and housing projects gets the green light

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Jul 2018

FOUR infrastructure development projects are set to get underway in the region thanks to a total allocation of £10 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The decision was made by the LEP’s board of business and council leaders, with the money secured by Humber Local Enterprise Partnership through the Humber’s Growth Deals. 

Allocations, which are subject to a final business case, cover road improvements in Hull, North and North East Lincolnshire, as well as housing in the city.

Lord Haskins, chairman of Humber LEP said: “I am delighted that the LEP Board has decided to allocate funding to these four important projects.

“The three road projects will improve access to key employment sites, including our enterprise zone sites, helping to support business growth and job creation.  It is essential that we have an infrastructure that supports growth, and these latest investments through the LEP will make a further contribution to that. 

“The expansion of the Hull housing programme will enable the development of new homes and bring empty properties back in to use.  This is a highly effective programme which should be regarded as a national exemplar that could be rolled out elsewhere.  It is helping to transform the housing market in the city, which is vital for its future prosperity. Our previous £10 million Growth Deal investment has achieved great results, so I am sure that this further £4 million investment will be just as successful.”

Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Minister Jake Berry has backed the spend too, fresh from signing off Grimsby’s Town Deal. 

The four projects are as follows: 

Delivering Housing Growth in Hull – £4 million – led by Hull City Council

The programme will unlock up to 1,000 homes for open market sale and affordable rent by tackling site issues and adverse ground conditions. A further 100 empty properties will be brought back into use and a renewal programme will provide frontage and energy efficiency improvements in prioritised areas.  

The programme aims to deliver around 700 direct jobs, 1,000 indirect jobs and more than 100 apprenticeships over its lifetime.

Cllr John Black, Hull City Council portfolio holder for housing said: “New and improved housing is at the heart of the Council’s approach to regeneration, playing a significant role in attracting new investment and business expansion in the city. Over the last six years we have facilitated building just over 3,000 new homes and 700 empty homes have been brought back into use, along with extensive home improvement works to both council and privately owned properties. This £4m Growth Fund award means we can continue our ambitious housing regeneration programme which is key to unlocking more new build and improvement works city-wide. Furthermore, investment in new and current housing stock brings more training and employment opportunities for local people too.”

South Humber Gateway Scheme in North Lincolnshire – £2.5 million – led by North Lincolnshire Council

The scheme will upgrade the highways infrastructure, improving connectivity between the Port of Immingham, oil refineries and the strategic road network, while ensuring it supports any future businesses operating there. Essential maintenance on the local roads will complement the A160 dualling scheme. 

The project also improves links from the Killingholme villages to Eastfield Road, including footpath improvement by the bus stop at the northern end of Eastfield Road, aiding public transport access for employees.

Cllr Rob Waltham MBE, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The South Humber Gateway scheme is a significant part of connecting our ports to the rest of the UK, this will help boost the economy, increase business investment opportunities and create jobs. This £2.5 million from the Government through the Local Growth Fund should enable businesses to unlock the South Humber Gateway’s full potential through the improved road infrastructure and improving connectivity between the port and industries.”

A180 and South Humber Bank Highway Improvements – £2 million –  led by North East Lincolnshire Council

This first phase of three will deliver essential maintenance to two key industrial roads, Moody Lane and Woad Lane, connecting / crossing the A180 and leading to important employment sites. It will also increase sustainable travel options for cyclists and pedestrians within key employment zones.  

Both roads lead to important areas, access to the Port of Grimsby and link to the junction of the proposed industrial Humber Link Road, to Stallingborough, which will connect key enterprise zone sites and other industrial areas with the ports.  

Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The schemes in North East Lincolnshire will be incredibly valuable to people who live and work in the area. They will join up industrial areas of the borough, our two port complexes and link key employment sites together, providing unprecedented access, vital to the prosperity of the industrial zones. This will be one of the key stages of our South Humber Industrial Investment Programme that we will see delivered on the ground, and one that will make a huge, and very real, difference to people’s lives.”  

Development of Priory Park in Hull – £1.44 million – led by Hull City Council

Highways improvements to mitigate impact of traffic increases and prevent the potential blocking of the A63. It will help open up 12 acres of land at Henry Boot Way in order to generate further private sector investment of up to £15 million, the development of up to 15,600 sq m of commercial floor-space and the accommodation of up to 280 jobs.

The project is designed to facilitate the development of six sites, with more than two thirds of the land classified as enterprise zone. 

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