Grimsby Birds Eye site goes back on sale for £3m
THE site once occupied by Grimsby's Birds Eye factory could finally be turned into a housing estate – if a buyer with £3 million can be found.
The land off Ladysmith Road, which has planning permission for 176 homes, is being marketed by Crofts Estate Agents, based in Cleethorpes.
Sales and branch manager Gary Able said the site is "ready to go" as soon as a buyer is found.
"It will be fantastic for the whole town if the site can finally be developed and put back into use," he said.
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"It went onto the market over the weekend and we have already had several communications from companies and business who are interested.
"With planning permission for 176 dwellings within currency, this is a fantastic opportunity for a developer to take on the site and start work straight away."
The brownfield site has already been earmarked for development in North East Lincolnshire Council's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SCHLAA).
If work does finally begin, it will signal the end of a six-year battle to get the eyesore patch of land – which has been plagued by vandalism – back into use.
Melbourne Holdings Ltd promised to rid residents of the eyesore "as soon as possible" when it took it on in July 2008 after former owner Capricorn Homes went bust.
Planning permission for 177 homes had first been accepted in June 2007, three months before arsonists destroyed the factory.
However, changes had to be made to the plans at the end of last year to placate Anglian Water's concerns about the properties being built over one of its sewers. The amended planning permission now permits 176 homes to be built. If the plans are followed by the new owner, the new development will include flats, terraces, semi-detached and detached homes.
Mr Able continued: "We have set £3 million as the guide price and we are confident that something in that field can be achieved.
"We are delighted to be acting as sole selling agent for the site and look forward to seeing what happens in the coming days."
If building work does go ahead, the Birds Eye development will join the dozens of homes built off Ladysmith Road in recent years by both Lindum homes and B&K Developments.