Plans approved for ambitious multi-million pound development in Grimsby town centre
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Aug 2017
A massive multi-million pound regeneration plan for Grimsby took another step closer to becoming reality today as the council gave its approval.
The Greater Grimsby Town Deal proposal hopes to bring 5,400 jobs, 7,700 new homes and boost our local economy by more than £216 million, and has been developed in collaboration with some of the country's most powerful figures.
North East Lincolnshire Council Cabinet approved the plans today at a meeting in the Town Hall, which will now be sent to central government, as the council seeks to acquire adequate funding in order to make these plans a reality.
The Alexandra Dock and Victoria Mills area is one of the focuses of the massive new plan
It now hopes that the proposals could "become a blueprint for how similar towns across the country work with central government on major regeneration projects."
Council leader Ray Oxby told the meeting: “Our community, like never before, need our business and political leaders of all colours to come together and forge a unity to deliver on this renaissance to better shape the future and life chances of our people for generations to come.
“This is our chance to really drive an exciting way forward to put the ‘Great’ back in Grimsby. Let’s grasp it and let’s help deliver it.”
The proposed Greater Grimsby town deal brings together some of the most influential people and organisations with connections to the area to regenerate Great Grimsby and develop the town’s unique maritime heritage.
Greater Grimsby Project: clockwise from bottom left: New cinema development; Frederick Ward Way crossing; National Fishing Heritage Centre; Alexandra Dock 'framework' zone; Victoria Mills.
The Greater Grimsby Project will build on the £20 million Riverhead Square cinema and restaurant development, with a sports and leisure plan for the recently bought Victoria Mills, as well as further land acquisitions to create improved residential, business and education opportunities, eventually stretching to the Kazbah on Grimsby Docks.
A Free Trade Zone for the ports, boosting attractiveness to industry, as well as a new higher education proposition, and a Kasbah conservation area, form further aspects of what is seen as a pioneering approach to working with central Government.
Corporation Bridge in Grimsby
The aims of the Greater Grimsby project over the next 10 years are clear:
• To grow the local economy by than £216-million per year
• Create up to 5,400 jobs across the Enterprise Zones and other key employment sites
• Build 7,700 new homes
• Increase North East Lincolnshire’s contribution to UK plc
• Transform the ‘place offer’ through the development of a new higher education presence, waterfront housing, cultural and leisure facilities through the redevelopment of historic sites including the Silo at Victoria Mills and the Kasbah at the Port of Grimsby.
CGI pictures of how the £20 million Freshney Place development will look
Councillor Oxby added: “For the last 12 months we’ve been working hard behind the scenes with senior civil servants and overseen by a Board of highly regarded and influential individuals, including David Ross and Lord Kerslake and supported by Engie, ABP and Dong Energy at the very highest levels of their UK organisation.
“Melanie Onn and Martin Vickers-our local MPs- have also shown great support and are strong advocates of our innovative approach.
"Cabinet colleagues have now formally signed off the next phase of this important endeavour, the proposed submission of a prospectus to Government that brings together the focus and ambition of our economic strategy and local plan; builds on the key regeneration projects already underway.
“The aim is to seek to establish a new and unique working relationship with Government, a ‘Town Deal’ for our place, seeking freedoms, flexibility and funding to support our growth ambitions.
“Having worked here for a very long time now, I see these momentous times as a once in a lifetime opportunity we must all seize- to do that we need all stakeholders and partners to keep on pressing with intent, with purpose and focus."