The land-owning developers behind proposals to transform the western side of Grimsby have spoken about their plans as consultation begins.
First made public last May as proposals for a relief road to open up the scheme were brought forward, almost 4,000 homes could be built.
MF Strawson Ltd and Sir Richard Sutton’s Settled Estates are behind the Grimsby West proposals that could bring forward four new community clusters in North East Lincolnshire.
A total of 3,800 new homes have been earmarked, linking Healing, Great Coates and Laceby – although the highway funding was not approved.
Setting out the vision of a “vibrant new community” it is described as one to create over phases in the next 30 years and “will see the development of a place where people want to live and thrive, providing new homes, job opportunities and local amenities while promoting sustainability and protecting the unique ecological characteristics of the local area”.
Meetings have already held with key environmental bodies, and the team is confident of its ability to ensure a chalk stream running through the area, and its surrounds, are not only protected but enhanced with measures taken to attract more fish and wildlife.
Green technology could also be deployed, with hydrogen for heat and solar for electricity flagged.
James Hobson, spokesperson for the Grimsby West scheme, said: “At the moment, we are working on exciting plans for Grimsby West – a scheme which we believe will create a vibrant new community for North East Lincolnshire where people can live sustainable, healthy and happy lives for many generations to come.
“We want to create a place where people want to live, with new walkable, mixed-use neighbourhoods that not only provide much-needed homes but that also recognise and protect the ecological characteristics of the area.
“In accordance with the policies in the adopted Local Plan, Grimsby West will provide around 3,500 brand new homes that will be locally characteristic and represent the heritage of the local area. Our intention for the development is to include a mix of tenures, ensuring that there are places for a variety of residents to live and the needs of the local community are being met.”
As well as new homes and community amenities, the proposals focus on providing a network of multi-functional green spaces. These will comprise of water elements such as wetlands, ponds and drainage facilities, and include an enhancement of the natural ‘Freshney Valley’ with the addition of a new country park.
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Public access will be enhanced and routes to neighbouring countryside included to ensure people can enjoy the “unique ecological characteristics of the area”.
Mr Hobson added: “Grimsby West offers us the opportunity to deliver something innovative and exciting for North East Lincolnshire. We are focused on high-quality design and delivering a sustainable development that local people can be proud of. The landowners are local people and they are committed to ensuring their legacy through good stewardship of their land for generations to come.
“We are working closely with North East Lincolnshire Council to ensure that our plans complement the infrastructure in the area. It is disappointing that NELC was not successful with the Levelling Up funding bid for the strategic link road, but we remain confident that other funding opportunities will be forthcoming that will support the phased delivery of our proposal.
“We have today launched a website which provides details about our vision and housing development objectives for the site. Our masterplan is currently in development and to help us with those early plans we would like to find out the local community’s views about our scheme; bearing in mind that the principle of the development has already been decided through the local plan process.”
The team said this is the first phase of consultation on the housing development and members of the public are invited to share their views on the proposals via the website. Once the masterplan is developed, it will be shared with the council and made available for further consultation with the local community who will be able to share their thoughts to influence and shape the character and appearance of the scheme.