2,500 homes plan approved in major step forward for Lincolnshire Lakes scheme

Planning and Environment
14:30, Wednesday, 31st July 2019

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has today (Wednesday 31 July 2019) given planning permission for 2,500 new homes, a lake, a village centre, parks, community facilities, and a new school as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme.

The scheme – worth an estimated £1.2bn – will transform the western edge of Scunthorpe, creating six new waterside villages.

Earlier this year, as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development, plans were approved for a new roundabout on the M181. This new £13.5m junction would allow direct access from new and existing settlements to the motorway network, and act as a bypass for Burringham village.

Along the banks of the River Trent to the west of the Lincolnshire Lakes site, a £13.3m Government-funded flood defence scheme is nearing completion, to ensure existing villages are adequately protected, and to prepare for the Lincolnshire Lakes development.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, welcomed the planning approval for Lincolnshire Lakes. He said:

“This development has been nearly twenty years in the making and this is a milestone moment for confidence in housing development in North Lincolnshire.  The scheme has been delayed for the past few years until we were able to keep our promises to local residents to put the right infrastructure in place first.

“Throughout the planning for this visionary scheme, we’ve been clear that we must get the infrastructure right in order to ensure that Lincolnshire Lakes develops sustainably over the next 20 years. With the Government-funded flood defence scheme nearing completion on the Trent, and the green light earlier this year for the new motorway junction, the pieces are falling into place.

“Now planning permission is in place, the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme can really start. Children growing up across the region today will have the opportunity to start their families in lakeside communities in North Lincolnshire.”

As part of the planning conditions for the scheme, the developers will be asked to provide:

  • A new primary school
  • Two destination parks in village one and five, and one allotment
  • The construction of a lake
  • £250,000 extension to an existing school in Scunthorpe
  • £5m contribution to a secondary school
  • £518,000 towards junction improvements to the B1450 Burringham Road/Scotter Road
  • £1m further improvements to the B1450 Burringham Road
  • A £1.3m public transport contribution
  • £500,000 towards the new M181 junction scheme which has already secured over £7m in Government finance