ABP release statement as £6m grant for Humber industry scheme at Paull is pulled

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Dec 2018

Ports operator Associated British Ports says it is forging ahead with plans for huge new industrial park between Saltend and Paull despite a funding setback.

A £6m grant originally allocated as a contribution towards infrastructure work at the site of the proposed Humber International Enterprise Park was recently withdrawn because qualifying timescales covering the development for the release for the funding have not been met.

Issued from the government's Local Growth Fund, the grant money is now set to be re-allocated to other projects being overseen by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

According to its own board minutes, the LEP decision came after ABP could not guarantee its own contribution towards the grant award without having a main end-user signed up for the site.

An aerial image of the proposed Humber International Enterprise Park between Hedon and Paull

But in a statement, ABP said plans for the 453-acre site straddling Hedon Haven next to the Humber estuary remain on track. The company said: "The planning application for the Humber International Enterprise Park has been submitted and we are pressing ahead with our plans as envisaged.

"We remain committed to the development and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s decision will likely be reversed once we have a firm tenant on board.

READ MORE: Shock setback for ABP's Humber industry park plan as £6m grant is pulled

"We plan that the site will be home to new manufacturing and distribution operators, creating thousands of new local skilled and unskilled jobs.

"We have appointed property agents to extensively market the development through their global network of occupiers."

Indicative plans shown at two recent public events featured up to 16 new units for manufacturing and distribution use as well as a new access road off the A1033 between Saltend and Hedon.

The proposal envisaged 70 per cent of the units being allocated for light industry and distribution with the rest set aside for manufacturing.

ABP officials say the site, which is currently used as farm land, has the potential to create around 7,600 full-time jobs.

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