Plans to build £200m energy park and create 1,000 new jobs revealed
An aerial image of how the Yorkshire Energy Park might look
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Mar 2018
A commercial land deal for a proposed new £200m energy and technology park on the edge of Hull has been given the go-ahead.
The ambitious scheme could create more than 1,000 new jobs subject to it securing planning permission.
That approval rests with East Riding Council and a decision on an outline planning application for the site near Preston South and Hedon is due later this year.
However, agreement on land disposal issues between site owner Hull City Council and the developers marks another milestone in the project.
A Yorkshire Energy Park land use plan includes a business park; an education, training and research campus and sports centre and pitches
Chris Turner, chairman of Hull Eco Park Ltd, said: "This is a significant step forward in the development of the Yorkshire Energy Park.
"An option agreement has been in place for several years and we have worked hard with the council to arrive at a set of commercial terms which reflect best value return back to the local authority but equally maintain the scheme’s viability.
"The terms are a mixture of freehold and leasehold transfer.
"Due to the complex nature of the site and uses, we needed to structure something which is bespoke to the scheme.
"It is important to note that this development is still subject to planning approval.
"We are working closely with the planning authority and statutory agencies to resolve a number of outstanding matters, and we hope to be heard at committee in summer 2018."
The proposed development currently includes a gas-fired power station, a data centre and battery storage facility, light industry, storage and distribution units, an education campus and relocated sports facilities.
A significant greenbelt also features in the plans to act as a buffer between the site and residential areas to the east.
The proposals also include mitigation measures to protect wildlife at the site.
It's understood the commercial deal approved by the council will see the authority receiving a mix of capital receipts from land sales as well an annual rental income.
Although physically in the East Riding, the 212-acre site at the junction of Hull Road and Staithes Road has been owned by the city council for decades.
Originally a horse-racing track, it was last used as an aerodrome.
Around eight per cent of the region's curlews are thought to reside in and around the site of the old Hedon Aerodrome.
Household names such as E.ON, Almax, Legal and General, SSE Utilities, ZTE and Vodafone have already announced their support for the energy park plans.
The development aims to bring together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energ- intensive industries such as information technology and food processing all together on one site.
It's envisaged that all businesses based there will benefit from on-site electricity generation distributed over private wire, energy storage facilities and multiple grid connections.
A consortium of companies, including the Hull-based Sewell Group and London-based renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project developer Chiltern, is behind the project.
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