Saturday, October 1, 2022

Western School site housing development moves a step closer for Grimsby

An opportunity to create the housing development on the former Western School site has been released to tender this week.

The 22.9 acre brownfield site will eventually see a community of up to 297 properties including potentially one to four bedroom houses, including affordable housing and retirement dwellings. In a separate arrangement, the Council will also provide an extra care facility on the site.

The major ‘spine roads’ into the site and work to bring utilities to the site were completed last year and the Council is now looking for a developer to come forward for the project.

The site received outline planning permission in 2021.

One of the main features of the site is the planned sustainable drainage system. With the weather now being more unpredictable and extreme weather and rainfall more common, it is right that the site should have a sustainable drainage network.

The Former Western School and Playing Field site received funding from Homes England and the Accelerated Construction Fund, to provide enabling works including planning permission, spine roads and services up to the site.

Councillor Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased to see this brownfield housing development progressing now. We know we need more housing, particularly starter houses and ones pre-adapted for our older population, in the borough. We have to get the balance right to meet the needs of our residents.”

The procurement process is a two-stage one, where interested developers can submit a selection questionnaire initially (with a deadline of Tuesday 13 September). Selected developers will then take part in a competitive dialogue, followed by an invitation to submit formal tenders to develop out the site.

It is expected that work could begin on the site as early as 2023.

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