£200m Yorkshire Energy Park has been delayed - this is the reason why

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Nov 2018

An expected decision on plans for a £200m energy park near Hull has been put back until the New Year.

An outline planning application for the development earmarked for the old Hedon aerodrome site was originally due to be determined by East Riding Council's planning committee before Christmas. But it will now be decided some time in the Spring.

The delay has been caused by a late requirement to carry our wildlife surveys on another site which has been identified to mitigate the loss of some greenfield land at the former aerodrome.

Claire Harrison, a director of the Yorkshire Energy Park project, said: "We have worked in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the statutory agencies for three years to develop a scheme that maximises the benefits for local people, whilst supporting the Humber’s aspirations to be the UK Energy Estuary.

"As part of that commitment we have put in a number of measures to protect the wildlife on the site.

East Riding Council's County Hall headquarters in Beverley (Image: rstebbing)

"We have scaled the development back significantly, with the current masterplan proposing the development of only 39 per cent of the site, meaning that 45.3 hectares will be enhanced and legally protected for protected species for 150 years with another 8.8 hectares running alongside this green space as playing fields for the community.

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"In addition, a separate parcel of land of around 90 hectares at Thorn Marsh has been identified to provide additional land for protected species that currently settle on the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park site.

"Terms have been agreed with the landowner and a planning application was submitted for this land in July 2018. On November 1 we started a number of surveys to assess the condition of the areas that will be preserved for wildlife.

"Due to the seasonality of these surveys and the need for all parties involved to assess the results we now anticipate the scheme will be heard by East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee in Spring 2019."

The consortium behind the project says it has the potential to create up to 4,480 jobs.

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If given the go-ahead, it will include an energy centre, a data storage centre, units for hi-tech businesses, education, training and research facilities and a new community sports complex.

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