First look at the latest striking plan for Grimsby gateway site

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Jan 2019

This could be the striking gateway to Grimsby town centre.

The six-storey block, titled Victoria Gate, is the exciting vision for a strip of land near to the town's busiest junction.

The half-acre site, between Victoria Street and Frederick Ward Way, is currently in use as a popular pay and display car park.

While still very early in its conception, it is hoped the bold plan will very soon become a reality after it was acquired by developer Lincoln and Boston, a Hertfordshire-registered company owned by members of the De Savary family, who are well established property entrepreneurs. 

It had previously been owned by the Dixon family, of Grimsby.

The proposed development.

Managing partner Lawrence Brown said: "They see this as a big opportunity as Grimsby grows. This is a site in the heart of town.

"It's very early days at this stage. We're not going to be breaking ground in the next few weeks, but we do want people to know about the plans we have."

No plans have yet been submitted and only a single artists' impression shows what the site, once occupied by motorcycle dealership Freddie Frith, might look like.

But Mr Brown said the building is likely to include a mix of commercial and residential space and he is now actively liaising with planners at North East Lincolnshire Council to help shape the masterplan.

Signs have been erected on the site.

He said: "The site is going to include commercial elements to it and then residential flats above.

"We haven't yet got round to designing individual flats. It is very strategic at the moment."

He said the structure would be staggered across three, five and six storeys and is likely to include around 800 sq m of retail or leisure space and 3,400 sq m of residential space.

A total of 55 flats could eventually delivered on the site, including 13 one-bed, 32 two-bed and five three-bed apartments.

Scotts hopes to attract partners to the project and a billboard advertising the development has been erected on site this week.

The site, bordered by Frederick Ward Way, Victoria Street, Allenby Stevenson and the Riverhead leisure developments.

Mr Brown said: "It will be some time before we come forward with something definite but we are quite happy to take on registrations of interest.

"This is good news for Grimsby and I am looking forward to it."

It is not the first plan for the site. In 2006, Cleethorpes architect Mark Hodson drew up a plan for 10,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor with 35 apartments and a crowing penthouse above.

Scotts is also marketing a neighbouring portfolio of property for developer John Sills, including the mixed use commercial and residential development Burgess Court and former Spring Church opposite, with further strategic development land overlooking the A16 Peaks Parkway from Upper Burgess Street. 

Last time round: Plans unveiled in 2006, when the site was owned by the Dixon family of Grimsby. 

The proposal emerges with plans passed for three high rise apartment blocks in Cleethorpes, between Grant Street and the train station.  

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