Housing development planned for underused part of town centre

Proposals for a new housing development in the centre of Grimsby will be taken forward following a council Cabinet meeting.

The Town Centre Masterplan identified the Alexandra Dock area as an asset for Grimsby, with significant potential for it to be used in a more intensive way, including development of a major residential district.

This would take advantage of access to the water space and key improvements to the nearby spaces and facilities available.

Brownfield land near Alexandra Dock was identified in the Grimsby Town Centre Masterplan as a key area that could be used to generate that new housing stock.

Funding of £7.8m has been allocated from the Government’s Towns Fund.

Councillor Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Our main objective of this work is to create a place that connects the town and its community with its waterside, creating a fantastic urban living environment that’s kind to the planet.

“There’s a long way to go yet, and developments of this scale don’t happen overnight.

“We are working to improve the town centre as a whole, including increasing the leisure offer with our redevelopment of the western end of Freshney Place, and, through other Towns Fund projects, changing how the town is used as a whole.”

The first housing phase is proposed to be the site behind the Onside Youth Zone, accessible from Fisherman’s Wharf. The area was put forward, and formed part of, the Towns Fund projects that were agreed with Government in 2020/21.

The council has managed to secure funding from Homes England, which has funded initial studies into the potential regeneration of Alexandra Dock.

Further discussions are ongoing to try to secure additional funding for initial technical studies required to progress the plans for the area, and to start procurement of a development partner to work with the council on this scheme.

Some initial land remediation work will be done this year to begin preparing the site for future phases of the work.

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