Spare land for new industrial development in east Hull is going, going, nearly gone

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Apr 2018

Hull is rapidly running out of 'oven ready' land for employment-related development.

The city's restricted boundary means space has always been tight.

But now it seems available land for immediate industrial development is at an all-time low.

City council regeneration director Mark Jones

According to the city council's regeneration director Mark Jones, just 16 acres of ready-to-build land are left in east Hull for firms wanting to construct new facilities.

That's the equivalent of just nine full-sized football pitches.

Currently available sites in east Hull include the former Hedon Road maternity hospital and an 8.7-acre plot on the Burma Drive industrial estate.

Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, Mr Jones said the the supply of land for employment use in the city was dwindling rapidly.

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"We are down to the last 16 acres of land east Hull. That illustrates the need to start looking at alternative options for creating a greater supply of land," he said.

The council's current City Deal proposal to the government envisages clearing under-used sites along the River Hull for industrial re-development with an emphasis on attracting new digital and technology-based businesses.

The authority has also recently successfully opposed attempts by developers to change employment use allocations for land at Kingswood and off Hessle High Road in west Hull.

However, space is available on Associated British Ports' dockland estate in Hull and just across the border in the East Riding.

Not much land left in Hull but plenty in the East Riding, including this 453-acre waterfront site between Saltend and Paull. The image shows how it could be developed.

At the same meeting, ABP Humber's head of communications Dafyyd Williams said the company was actively looking at attracting manufacturing companies to move onto the docks.

ABP is currently marketing a huge 453-acre waterfront site it owns between Saltend and Paull which already has outline planning approval for development associated with the renewable energy sector.

He said: "We are having some very useful conservations with interest parties about the site, including a number of different types of manufacturer.

"We believe one we get the first anchor tenant in, others will follow pretty quickly."

He said ABP's recent £310m Green Port Hull joint venture development with Siemens at Hull's Alexandra Dock was a perfect example of the type of initiative envisaged at the Paull site.

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