£200m Yorkshire Energy Park 'is going to be in the wrong place'
Councillor John Dennis outside the chemical works at Saltend
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 25 Jun 2018
An East Riding politician says a greenfield site between Hull and Hedon is the wrong place for a proposed £200m industrial park.
A consortium led by the Hull-based Sewell group is hoping to secure planning approval for the huge development on the site of the former Hedon aerodrome.
They say the Yorkshire Energy Park project, which includes plans for a new power station, data centre and an education campus, has the potential to create around 1,000 jobs.
But Councillor John Dennis, who represents South West Holderness on East Riding Council, believes it's earmarked for the wrong site.
Cllr John Dennis on why he's against the planned Yorkshire Energy Park near Hedon
Instead, he believes land between Saltend and Paull currently designated as an enterprise zone for future employment use is more suitable.
He spoke out after trustees of the Eastside amateur sports club based next to the old aerodrome backed the proposed development, which includes plans for new sports facilities on part of thesite.
Cllr Dennis said: "It's a wonderful thing for this area but it's in the wrong place.
"It should go on the allocated land literally on the other side of the road.
"There is 453 acres of allocated land there already presently being marketed by ABP. We don't need another 50 acres of industrial development."
An artist's impression of how the prospective energy park may look from the south-west.
Cllr Dennis said support for the plans from Eastside members highlighted the benefits to the club but largely ignored in the impact on the surrounding area.
He said: "There are far too many actual planning reasons why the energy park plans should be rejected.
"The placing of the YEP on the aerodrome is not what the local people want, even though the trust's members have been convinced to write in support in large numbers.
"Local residents voted 96.5% against this land being developed in the East Riding's referendum four years ago.
The suggested lay-out of the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park
"They were very concerned about being overwhelmed by commercial development, which threatens their ancient identity."
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The developers insist the proposed site is their only viable option because of an adjacent connection to the National Grid.
But Cllr Dennis said: "Good planning reasons will be the final determining factor, not carefully prepared publicity stunts."
UP, UP AND AWAY: A visiting aircraft takes off from Hedon Airfield in July 1912
Although in the East Riding, the proposed site for the development is owned by Hull City Council.
The application for the energy park is expected to go before East Riding's planning committee later this summer.