Here's what the first lake of the £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes project will look like

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 16 Nov 2017

This is the vision for the first lake to be built as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

The artist’s impressions have been released by North Lincolnshire Council, with work on the project set to start early next year.

The first lake is set to provide opportunities for non-motorised sport, physical activity and recreation, and be able to host local, national and international triathlon events.

Surrounding the lake will be purpose-built running and cycling tracks, open green spaces providing natural viewing areas for spectators, and a water sports centre.

As reported, the first lake was given planning approval by North Lincolnshire Council earlier this month, with excavation and engineering works set to begin early next year on land north of Burringham Road, Ashby Parkland.

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It will form the first stage of the £1.2 billion Lincolnshire Lakes project, which is set to see more than 6,000 homes built up to 2028 by creating six villages in waterside settings on land between Scunthorpe and the River Trent.

Funding worth £2 million has been secured from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in order to start work on the first lake.

New artist's impressions show the first lake of the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

Ruth Carver, Greater Lincolnshire LEP director, said: “We are delighted that works are starting on the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

“The scheme, made possible through the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Growth Deal funding, has the potential to provide significant upgrades in infrastructure and homes, and we look forward to working closely with local and national partners to enable its delivery.”

The Scunthorpe-based Clugston Group will be undertaking the work on the site.

Clugston Group chief executive Bob Vickers, North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham and Clugston project manager Jon Isle, at the site where work is set to begin on the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

Bob Vickers, Clugston Group chief executive, said: “Clugstons are delighted to see this milestone project get the green light and to be selected by North Lincolnshire Council to deliver it.

“We look forward to working with the council to develop the final proposals and will shortly be commencing work on forming the first of these stunning lakes.

“In doing this, it will provide local jobs for both our own people and our suppliers.”

The first lake of the project was given planning approval earlier this month.

Earlier this month, the Homes and Communities Agency confirmed that a new loan has been secured for infrastructure works on Scotter Road as part of the Lakes project.

The Highways Agency also confirmed that an application has been submitted for the £13.5 million new junction on the M181 as part of the project.

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Council leader Rob Waltham said: “This is an exciting time for North Lincolnshire with the regeneration of Scunthorpe as the Lincolnshire Lakes project gets under way with the building of the first lake.

“This is the first of five lakes that form part of the scheme and will provide a beautiful backdrop for the six villages to follow.”

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