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Clugston Construction, part of the privately-owned Clugston Group of companies, is set to begin work on the first lake of the £1.2bn Lincolnshire Lakes development after plans were given the green light by North Lincolnshire Council.

Located on land north of Burringham Road, Ashby Parkland, the first lake will provide opportunities for non-motorised sport, physical activity and recreation, and be able to host local, national and international triathlon events. 

North Lincolnshire Council has secured £2m funding from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to build the first lake, which will be surrounded by residential areas and include a beach, running and cycle tracks, a water sports centre and a water-based retail area.

The development, which is expected to provide six waterside villages and over 6,000 homes by 2028, will create 5,000  new long-term jobs.

Ruth Carver, Greater Lincolnshire LEP director, said: “We are delighted that works are starting on the Lincolnshire Lakes project. The scheme, made possible through the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Growth Deal funding, has the potential to provide significant upgrades in infrastructure and homes, and we look forward to working closely with local and national partners to enable its delivery.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, added: “This is an exciting time for North Lincolnshire with the regeneration of Scunthorpe as the Lincolnshire Lakes project gets underway with the building of the first lake. This is the first of five lakes that form part of the scheme and provide a beautiful backdrop for the six villages to follow.

“A key part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project is the integrated flood defences and drainage for the area and this lake forms part of that. The Government has invested £13m in the flood defences for the Trent and Isle villages and Lincolnshire Lakes; this project will transform our area so it is important that we get it right.”

Bob Vickers, Clugston Group chief executive, commented: “Clugston are delighted to see this milestone project get the green light and to be selected by North Lincolnshire Council to deliver it. We look forward to working with the council to develop the final proposals and will shortly be commencing work on forming the first of these stunning lakes. In doing this it will provide local jobs for both our own people and our suppliers.”