Leisure, retail and construction entrepreneurs unite for luxury homes development

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2019

WORK will soon be underway on a 13-home luxury development in North Thoresby, in what could be the first of many projects from a trio of prominent Grimsby-area businessmen.

Two entrepreneurial families have united with contractor JemBuild to develop the extensive grounds of an unassuming property off the village’s High Street, in a deal that will realise value of £7.5 million.

Hotelier Ashley Lidgard has joined forces with retail and wholesale specialist Nick Ramsden again, with both partners in Cleethorpes bar The Counting House. Together they are bringing Humberston-based Paul Barker’s construction expertise to the venture, which is fully consented.

North Thoresby house designs for the 13-home development off High Street. LDC / JemBuild / Ashley Lidgard / Nick Ramsden.

Mr Lidgard, who has previously developed individual homes, as well as overseeing major expansions of his Oak Ridge Group hotel business, with The Ashbourne Hotel at North Killingholme and The Brackenborough Hotel just down the road on the outskirts of Louth, said: “I wanted to do some property development, found the site and negotiated the deal and then brought in the financial element. We then wanted to bring in a renowned local firm to build it and have undertaken a partnership approach.

“It is two well known business families in this area and a well-known contractor, and is hopefully one of many to come. North Thoresby’s fantastic facilities makes it a great option.”

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No stranger to the village, he was one of the UK’s youngest landlords when he took the helm of the The New Inn, with parents John and Audrey having also run The Granby there.

North Thoresby house designs for the 13-home development off High Street. LDC / JemBuild / Ashley Lidgard / Nick Ramsden.

The original house, Willow Lodge, will be knocked down, creating a road into the development, just opposite North Thoresby’s cricket ground.

Mr Barker, who is currently working on a 77-home development at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, said: “These will be 13 detached luxury homes, all of an individual architectural design.”

They are working with Lincs Design Consultancy of Louth on the project.

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