New loan agreed and start date announced for work on infrastructure for Lincolnshire Lakes project
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Nov 2017
The £1.2 billion Lincolnshire Lakes project which will see 6,000 new homes built on the outskirts of Scunthorpe was yesterday (November 1) given a major boost by the Government.
For it was announced work will start on January 8, 2018, on building the infrastructure to the proposed five new villages.
The go-ahead came after the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) agreed a loan for an undisclosed sum with the developers to pay for the acquisition and infrastructure costs of the project.
A HCA spokesman said: “As a result of this funding, the developer is working with BT to re-route cabling infrastructure, around the site and have signed a contract with Northern Powergrid to deliver the necessary utilities to the site.
“An agreement has also been reached with North Lincolnshire Council on the layout and specification of roads which was needed before the access works on Scotter Road can start.
“Start on site on the first phase of highway works is planned for the 8th January 2018.”
The news comes after Scunthorpe United chairman, Peter Swann, confirmed that the club would no longer be going ahead with plans to build a new stadium.
Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann says the club will redevelop Glanford Park
Mr Swann told BBC Radio Humberside that he felt the club had been "left out in the cold" by the council and that he would be taking legal action against the local authority and developer KMG.
However, North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham, said that the club already had a planning application approved and that they could begin on the project.
Highways England has confirmed that the northern roundabout on the M181 junction which will be part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project is "still needed" and will go ahead should an application be approved.