More plans have been added to Hull's £200m energy park proposals

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Dec 2018

A consortium behind plans for a £200m energy park on the edge of Hull has revealed a new approach to the project.

Having already submitted an outline planning application for the development, it is now preparing a separate application for an energy and data storage complex on a corner of the site off Staithes Road.

Due to be submitted in the New Year, it aims to secure approval for two key facilities which already have committed occupiers in the shape of energy giant E.ON and Asanti Data Centres.

A decision by East Riding Council's planning committee on the wider Yorkshire Energy Park scheme has been held up by a requirement to carry out additional surveys to assess wildlife habitats on a so-called mitigation site designed to offset the loss of greenfiield land at the former Hedon aerodrome site.

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Claire Harrison, project director of Yorkshire Energy Park said: "As we shared last week, we are currently carrying out a number of surveys to assess the condition of areas that will be protected and enhanced for wildlife as part of the park's masterplan.

"Due to the seasonality of these surveys and the need for all parties involved to assess the results, we don’t anticipate the scheme being heard by East Riding Council's planning committee before spring 2019.

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"While we continue to work on the determination of the main application, the Staithes Road Energy and Data Campus will be progressed as a standalone deliverable scheme with committed occupiers in E.ON and Asanti Data Centres.

"In order to meet their timescales for occupation and to capture this significant investment for our region, we need to submit this separate planning application for the top left hand corner of the site."

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The new application will only include the energy centre and data centre buildings from the wider Yorkshire Energy Park masterplan, along with a primary substation. The proposals are also expected to retain an ecological area for protected species that currently settle on the former Hedon Aerodrome site.

Ms Harrison said: "The detail of the new application is still in development but as always we are keen to keep an open dialogue with the public.

"We are planning to hold a series of public consultation events in the New Year, in advance of submitting the new planning application to the council."

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