£2.7m grant will kick-start 500 homes plan for former school sites

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2019

A grant of up to £2.7million will help to pave the way for nearly 500 new homes at two key sites in North East Lincolnshire.

The former Western School site off Cambridge Road and the playing fields of a former Cleethorpes school have been earmarked for the homes.

The Homes England grant of £2,677,202 was welcomed by North East Lincolnshire Council cabinet members keen to see the vacant sites on the former Lindsey Lower School playing field off Bentley Street, Cleethorpes and Western School site, developed.

The council has allocated £1.6 million towards the infrastructure delivery programme.

Some of the money will be used for the construction of a new roundabout to the former Western School site, where 390 new homes are proposed.

The former Lindsey Lower School playing field, Cleethorpes earmarked for new homes (Image: Google Street Map)

The grant funding will be used to install infrastructure including roads and power supplies, with the aim of attracting a housing developer to build the homes.

The inducement is part of the council's overall aim of building 1,300 new homes on council-owned land within the next few years.

A report to cabinet members stated: "It accommodates the selection of a Delivery Partner (developer)  to commence construction of new homes late 2020. The ACF Agreement conditions require delivery of around 70 homes per year across the two sites."

The report added sites at Second Avenue, Nunsthorpe and off Ladysmith Road, Grimsby had been included in a shortlist of earmarked sites.

But Second Avenue was withdrawn due to "title issues."

Councillor Peter Wheatley (Image: Lisa Warrener)

The report said: "Homes England has made a funding offer based on the construction of 390 homes at Western with no affordable housing, and 96 homes at Lindsey Lower with 10 per cent affordable housing."

The first completions are expected by 2021. Councillors were told there will be two access roads into the site at Western.

Recommending the proposal to cabinet members, North East Lincolnshire Council  portfolio holder for regeneration, housing and skills, Councillor Peter Wheatley said: "This will enable us to move forward quickly."

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