All systems go for £25m project to build 240 new affordable homes in Scunthorpe area as work set to start

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 Jan 2018

Work is set to start on a £25 million project to build 240 new affordable homes in the Scunthorpe area - and the scheme has been hailed as a boost for the town.

The project, brought forward by North Lincolnshire Council, Ongo Homes and the Government's Homes and Communities Agency, aims to help more people get on the property ladder.

The sites earmarked for redevelopment include two former schools, a sports complex and a care home in the town.

The council has now announced the first phase is set to see the former Crosby Primary School site on Frodingham Road redeveloped as 24 new homes, with work set to start in the spring.

At the same time, 14 new homes will be built on the site of the former Ashby Institute car park on Collum Avenue, while a former children's home in Poplar Drive, Brigg, will be turned into six self-contained apartments for people with learning difficulties.

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The properties to be built will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes and will incorporate private parking and gardens.

Estate agent Graham Wilson, managing director of DDM Residential, welcomed the announcement and said the first phase marked a "long overdue regeneration of the town centre".

The former Crosby Primary School site on Frodingham Road which is set to be among the first to be developed in a £25 million affordable housing scheme for the Scunthorpe area

He said: "There is a lot of investment in the outer areas of Scunthorpe around the retail parks.

"It is definitely welcome news that they are investing and building in the centre of Scunthorpe. It is a boost for the town centre and will create more activity.

"It has always been the appeal over the last 10 to 15 years that they build on new sites on the outlying areas."

Proposals for the project were first revealed in October, although at that time, only the £5 million to be received from the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the scheme to proceed was disclosed.

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The remainder of the cost will come from land values and the cost of building the properties.

The bulk of the £25 million is set to be spent on creating up to 120 homes on the site of the former South Leys Comprehensive School on Enderby Road.

The site is said to be currently undergoing market research and preparation work.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This is an excellent initiative that will help meet housing demand locally, provide new starter homes to enable more people to get on the property ladder and provide family homes.

"I am pleased to be working with our local housing provider Ongo Homes. The partnership between us, the Government and Ongo will ensure that we deliver excellent quality, affordable homes.

The Collum Avenue site which will be among the first to be developed as part of a £25 million affordable housing scheme for the Scunthorpe area

"We recognise that not everyone can afford to buy a new home. This scheme will change that by providing opportunities – through a flexible tenure model – for people to eventually own their own home."

Councillor Len Foster, leader of the authority's opposition Labour group, said the new homes were "much-needed".

He said: "Initially, when the decision was first taken, as usual with the local authority at the moment, it was clouded in mystery and secrecy.

"We asked for a further explanation as to what their intention was with council land. We got that explanation at a scrutiny panel meeting. It was called in by us.

"The fact is yes, these homes are much needed. We welcome Ongo's continued investment in housing in Scunthorpe."

Mr Foster said an example of the "good quality homes" Ongo builds are on Parkwood Avenue on the Westcliff estate.

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A public consultation process will start next week over the plans for Frodingham Road and Collum Avenue.

Investigatory work and surveys have already started on the other Scunthorpe sites earmarked for development as part of the scheme, in West Street, Rowland Road, Station Road and Warwick Road.

Martin Phillips, the development manager for Ongo Homes, said: "It's great to be able work in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council to work on this project which will see a significant number of new homes being built in North Lincolnshire.

"We're really excited to be able to provide a whole range of different housing options to the people of North Lincolnshire.

"It is part of our longer term commitment to offer a range of homes to rent and buy which meet the needs of local people."

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