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Investment and regeneration projects

Throughout North East Lincolnshire, there is a planned programme of major investment and infrastructure works, including significant works in Cleethorpes and Grimsby.

Additionally, key highways schemes designed to unlock housing areas, link up key industrial sites and improve journey times across North East Lincolnshire are underway.

Grimsby Town Centre Masterplan 2022 – 2030

In June 2020 the Council commissioned Arup to develop a detailed town centre Masterplan for Grimsby with the key objective of guiding plans for the investment and delivery of transformational projects for the town over the next 10 years.

The town has progressed a number of exciting projects following its early, 2018 pilot Town Deal with Government and the Masterplan now provides the strategy for the next stage of the town’s development. It’s evidence base has been used to prioritise the town centre projects for delivery up to 2025/26, with the Towns Fund programme being the route to this delivery. The Masterplan can be found on the Town Deal page.

In June 2022, in addition the to successful Cleethorpes bid, North East Lincolnshire Council submitted two further Levelling Up Fund bids to Government, one for Grimsby (PDF, 1MB) and one for Transport (PDF, 3MB) .

Greater Grimsby Town Deal

In 2018 Grimsby secured a ground-breaking pilot Town Deal with government which described its plans for major investment for the town.

The deal lead by the Greater Grimsby Board and backed by public and private investors has unlocked millions of pounds worth of development for the town.

More information can be found on the Town Deal page.

South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP)

SHIIP is a £42 million project to deliver major infrastructure investments, industrial sites and employment creation in North East Lincolnshire, UK.

The programme is focused on major enterprise zone sites, located on the south bank of the Humber estuary. Working in partnership, North East Lincolnshire Council and EQUANS are delivering SHIIP over a period of 5-10 years.

There are three initial elements to the project and they are all designed to aid businesses in their relocation or growth along North East Lincolnshire’s South Humber Bank:

  1. A fully serviced, 64-hectare Business Park has been created, sited between Immingham and Grimsby., This is in a prime location and is one of several Enterprise Zones (EZ).
  2. A new Humber Bank Link Road, a £8m highway has been built to provide a vital link between the ports of Grimsby and Immingham, cutting journey time, providing an alternative to other busier routes and opening up undeveloped land, which lies within the EZ.
  3. An Ecological Mitigation Site – Cress Marsh, has been developed. This is 40ha of wetland, which will ‘offset’ industrial development within the SHIIP area. The site promotes economic growth whilst conserving the environment and has the added benefit of already being “set-aside” and established to offset any development plans. A second mitigation site Novartis Ings is now in the early stages of development.

For full details on SHIIP visit the South Humber website.

Cleethorpes Masterplan: Levelling Up Bid

Plans to continue with the reinvention of Cleethorpes have taken a major step forward as North East Lincolnshire Council has secured more than £18.4m of Levelling Up grant monies for the resort.

The Cleethorpes bid incorporated schemes identified in the Cleethorpes Masterplan Business Case (ANNEX 1 LUF2) [951KB, PDF] as important strategic development locations, and deliverable within the timescales.

The area of focus for the bid was Market Place, Sea Road and Pier Gardens, which were three initial projects identified in the “Think Cleethorpes” Masterplan, developed alongside the local community to deliver the projects that they wanted to see, and adopted last year.

The key vision is to reintroduce the historic Market Square, creating a safe and flexible space that can accommodate markets, festivals and associated retail events, which will encourage outdoor dining, and provide a healthier, more pleasant environment. The redevelopment of Sea Road site and Pier Gardens is also included.

Active Travel Fund (Tranche 2)

The Council and EQUANS have been awarded funding from the transport’s Active Travel Fund to carry out cycling improvements along Great Coates Road / A1136.

This project will provide widening of the footway to create a shared use cycleway/footway, an upgraded crossing point near St Michael’s Church and carriageway resurfacing.

Grimsby – Immingham Cycle Highway

The £2.6m Cycle Highway Project will see a total of 3.8km new off-road cycleway constructed between Grimsby and Immingham.

The project is supported by £2.2m of Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) funding with the remaining £400,000 contributed by the council and private sector.

When complete, there will be a direct off-road cycle link which will give cyclists a safe and sustainable route across the South Humber Bank between the ports of Immingham and Grimsby to access work and training facilities.

When the project is complete, the new cycle links, when combined with existing cycle and walking infrastructure, will provide the longest continuous off-road cycle link in the borough.

The project comprises of three locations:

  • Hobson Way, Immingham
  • A180 Westgate to Lockhill roundabout, Grimsby
  • A1173 Immingham to Stallingborough

Corporation Road Bridge

Multi-million-pound work to restore Grimsby’s historic and Grade 2 listed Corporation Road Bridge is continuing with detailed planning, supported by heritage specialists, ongoing to carry out the vital refurbishment works.

The £4.967m project is supported by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by North East Lincolnshire Council and an additional £170,00 from the Local Transport Fund. The refurbishment of Corporation Bridge will enable it to function as a ‘moveable’ structure for many more years to come, with many of its original features being brought back or refreshed during the refurbishment. Opened by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in 1928, it was built at a cost of £60,000 (more than £3m in today’s money) and is a Scherzer rolling bascule bridge – moveable with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or ‘leaf’, throughout its upward swing, providing clearance for boat traffic.

The bridge falls within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and is recognised as a significant symbol of the town’s industrial heritage. The HAZ, a 2.5km stretch from 17-19 Wellowgate to the Kasbah, contains historic buildings and structures.

The planning and preparation of a draft design is ongoing with engineers working closely with Historic England and other key stakeholders to ensure the bridge will be fit for purpose and a benefit to the residents of North East Lincolnshire.

Europarc Bus Bridge – Start on site TBA, subject to Planning approval and funding

In January 2021, plans were submitted to the Planning Service for a bus, cycle and pedestrian only bridge connecting Gilbey Road and surrounding businesses to Europarc to improve public transport for commuters in this area.

The aim of the scheme is to connect the two Grimsby business parks and reduce journey distances and times for commuters on the 1, 2 and 20 bus services.

As part of the plans, existing bus services would be re-routed, with an ambition of increasing passenger numbers on the affected routes by delivering a more streamlined and time-saving journey.

The planning application, which will be considered by North East Lincolnshire Council, states how the bridge will connect Europarc at Genesis Way with the Great Grimsby Business Park on Laforey Road. The existing cycle and pedestrian route will be upgraded and form part of the bridge.

The plans were drawn up to demonstrate to possible funders the ambition to deliver this scheme and be ready to start, subject to funding being secured.  

Officers at North East Lincolnshire Council and EQUANS will use the planning application as a clear intention when discussing with funding bodies their commitment to delivering this scheme.

This project will only be progressed subject to full planning approval and funding being secured.

Active Travel Fund (Tranche 3)

The council and EQUANS have been awarded £264,000 from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund to carry out small scale improvements on walking routes into Grimsby Town Centre. The proposed infrastructure will also be supported through behavioural change initiatives to be delivered during 2022/23 through the recently announced Local Authority Capability Fund.

The improvements all take place on streets along busier walking routes into and out of Grimsby Town Centre, including the main pedestrian links to Grimsby Institute and to areas of residential use, which present a significant opportunity to increase the number of local people who choose to walk into town for shopping or leisure uses.

Sustainable Drainage (SuDS)

North East Lincolnshire Council, Doncaster Council, Anglian Water and Yorkshire Water are working together on two pilot SuDS projects aiming to find new innovative solutions in flood risk management. DEFRA’s £150m ‘Innovation Programme’ provides an allocation of funding for 25 flood risk management projects across the country selected to work in new innovative ways over the next 6 years.

Areas of significant volumes of flooding have been identified within North East Lincolnshire Council. Detailed planning and preparation along with extensive community consultation will be carried out throughout 2022 to produce a draft design for the identified areas.

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