How £200m Yorkshire Energy Park by Hull will give region 'competitive advantage'
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Oct 2018
The region's biggest business body is backing plans for a new £200m energy park on the edge of Hull.
An outline planning application for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park is due to go before East Riding planning councillors in the next few weeks.
Today Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership(LEP), said the development had the organisation's "full support".
The LEP includes the region's four local councils as well as representatives from the business and education sectors. It is the main recipient of economic development funding from the government.
Lord Haskins said: "I would like to reiterate the LEP's full support for the Yorkshire Energy Park's proposals.
Humber LEP chairman Lord Haskins believes the Yorkshire Energy Park could be a game-changer for the region
"Its strategic fit to the LEP's strategic economic plan and to the Government's Industrial Strategy White Paper, along with its scale and potential to make an exponential difference to our region's Energy Estuary ambitions, becoming a real presence within the Northern Powerhouse discussions, make it worthy of our full support."
Although the plans for a new energy centre, a data storage centre, business units and an education campus are earmarked on greenfield land between Hull and Preston South and Hedon, Lord Haskins said the site's potential was unique.
"Although not originally (allocated) in the latest East Riding Local Plan as employment land, the site has a massive inherent advantage as it has both a gas supply crossing it and an entrance point to the National Grid in close proximity, enabling the generation of clean electricity on site at a cost up to 20 per cent less than market.
"It is perfect for those businesses with high energy requirements who need a constant, resilient and cost-effective supply of electricity and heat, such as highly-automated businesses, certain manufacturing firms and data centres.
"The site is unique in the Humber and will give the area a major advantage over competing areas.
"To not consider it viable employment land, given the competitive advantage it could offer, would be a travesty."
An artist's impression of how the prospective energy park may look from the south-west.
With several big-name companies already pledging their support to the project, Lord Haskins said it was an opportunity not to be squandered.
"Inward investment from global leading organisations such as EON, Dell, Legal & General and BYD, alongside major supply chain opportunities, really make this development a key priority for the Humber," he said.
The consortium behind the development proposals is opening a public information point in Hedon for people to get more details on the scheme.
The hub will be based at the Sirius office in St. Augustine's Gate, opening from 9am to 4.30pm during the week until October 26.