July 25, 2019 10.57 am This story is over 52 months old

Lincolnshire Lakes project to return before councillors

Plans were approved in 2016, but needed developer contribution agreements

After three years of negotiations, councillors in North Lincolnshire will be asked to give final approval to a series of plans under the £1.2 billion Lincolnshire Lakes scheme next week – but with some reduced contributions.

The plans before North Lincolnshire Council planning on Wednesday aim eventually to create six new villages near the town in a waterside setting.

The first phase will feature up to 2,500 new homes including a village centre, a health care facility, community facilities, a primary school, new roads and footpaths.

The proposals were given the green light in June 2016 – but needed agreement over developer contributions – something which resulted in a delay of more than three years and a request by the authority to extend the deadline to September.

In January, plans for a new £13.5 million roundabout on the M181 near Scunthorpe to be built as part of the 6000-home total project, were also approved.

Councillors on Wednesday will be told viability assessments carried out by the developer and checked by independent assessors will see the provision of affordable housing and the contribution to secondary school education of £11,200,000 both reduced.

It is due to a lower expected income from the housing and large upfront infrastructure costs.

It is hoped 5,000 new jobs will be created in the development area.

Instead, the changes to the heads of terms mean the developers will now be asked to provide:

  • No affordable housing in first phase, 5% target for all future phases
  • Three form primary school/£6,000,000 financial contribution and 3ha of land for it
  • Two destination parks in village one and five and one allotment
  • The construction of one lake, which will be transferred to council ownership on completion
  • £250,000 extension to an existing school off-site
  • A secondary school contribution of £5,000,000
  • £518,000 toewards junction improvements to the B1450 Burringham Road/Scotter Road
  • £1,000,000 further improvements to the B1450 Burringham Road
  • A potential £1,343,977 public transport contribution
  • £500,000 towards the detrunking of the M181 motorway agreed earlier this year.

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