North Lincolnshire Council has given the go-ahead for the final phase of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes development, which will see the detrunking of a section of motorway and other transport and infrastructure improvements.
The council said its decision to grant planning permission to three applications from Maltgrade Ltd, one of two developers behind the scheme, was ‘the final piece to the jigsaw’ that will complete the North of England’s largest housing regeneration scheme.
A artist's impression of the new football stadium
The decision will enable 2,500 new homes to be built, with the creation of a village centre and a lake.
Transport improvements include the partial detrunking of the two mile long M181 motorway, with the creation of a new terminating roundabout, as well as a series of improvements to local transport and highways infrastructure.
The partial detrunking of the M181 will need the permission of the transport secretary and will see ownership of the road pass to North Lincolnshire Council.
A total of £13.3m will be spent on the road improvement scheme, with Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund providing £8.6m and North Lincolnshire putting in the remainder using developer contributions..
The council has also secured £13m for a new flood defence scheme to improve defences along the River Trent.
Rob Waltham, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: ‘Today’s decision will pave the way for the region’s largest housing regeneration scheme for years to come. It’s a significant milestone; now the necessary approvals have been granted, we can get on with delivering this huge scheme that will totally transform the area.'
Earlier this month, North Lincolnshire granted planning permission to four applications from KMG Lucent, the other developer.
In total, the council said the Lincolnshire Lakes development will create five new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, with 7,300 new homes, a new business park, a football stadium and a total of 5,000 new jobs.
North Lincolnshire, which is a unitary council, is one of 10 authorities seeking a devolution deal as a Greater Lincolnshire mayoral combined authority.
Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) has backed the plans against a background of cuts to bus services in Lincolnshire.
Lianna Etkind, CfBT public transport campaigner, said: ‘A new mayoral combined authority could bring considerable benefits to residents across Lincolnshire enabling a more integrated transport network with a joined-up approach to fares and ticketing.
'Of all the powers available to new mayors, the power to improve transport has the greatest potential to improve people’s daily lives.'