Work to start on park expansion which could create up to 1,700 jobs after £1m funding boost

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Feb 2019

Work is to start on developing 60 unused acres of a Scunthorpe business park which could deliver up to 1,700 new jobs for the area.

An access road will be built over the coming months to allow for an expansion of the Normanby Enterprise Park, converting unused brownfield land into space for offices, general industry, storage and distribtuion.

The project will be funded by £983,000 from the Government through the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Northern Powerhouse fund, with North Lincolnshire Council contributing a further £300,000 from the capital jobs growth fund.

One of the few remaining brownfield sites of its size in the region, the park has close links with both the motorway and port network.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This Government funding brings forward the development of a huge area of employment land in North Lincolnshire. We are keen to support businesses to come to the new site that can offer up to 1,700 more, better paid jobs for our residents.

60 acres of Normanby Enterprise Park is to be opened up for development (Image: David Haber)

"The manufacturing and engineering industries in North Lincolnshire employ over 34,000 people and this is a strength we want develop.

"Normanby Enterprise Park is ideally located to make the most of North Lincolnshire's connectivity to the rest of the country and tap into our area's skilled workforce."

The enterprise park, which is on the northern edge of Scunthorpe, currently houses Nisa's head office and ambient distribution centre.

Read more: Strategic development land is brought forward at Normanby Enterprise Park

Ursula Lidbetter, chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: "We recognise the important role this premier employment site in Scunthorpe will play in supporting Greater Lincolnshire's key sectors.

"It will enable the construction of quality, competitive and affordable commercial premises and deliver significant business growth and investment opportunities.

"There is no doubt it will build on the success of the existing full Normanby Enterprise Park strategic industrial estate, evolving as a major cluster for the distribution of manufacturing and food and drink in the wider Lincolnshire area."

Scunthorpe-based company Clugston Construction will build the new access road.

Work is to begin on a new access road, which it is hoped will allow up to 1,700 jobs to be created (Image: David Haber)

Director David Clugston said: "We are delighted to be involved in the first element of this exciting scheme which will open up land on the new enterprise park.

"Investments such as this are to be welcomed as they play a significant role in attracting and retaining businesses in North Lincolnshire."

Read more: Concrete plans for 200 jobs and major heavy manufacturing in Scunthorpe

Anyone interested in securing the land once it is opened up should contact North Lincolnshire Council.

Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Minister Jake Berry, said: "We are committed to boosting economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and the UK as a whole.

"This investment of almost £1 million from the Local Growth Fund will develop the infrastructure to enable this previously disused area to realise its full potential through a diverse mix of commercial premises which will create 1,700 jobs."

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