From jamie goodwin | Thursday 27 June 2019
Developers have given insight into what the park would become if planners give the scheme the go-ahead in the coming months.
Developers behind the proposed £200m Yorkshire Energy Park have released a new video to provide an insight into what the park would become if planners give the scheme the go-ahead in the coming months.
The new development on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull will create up to 4,480 jobs and attract significant inward investment from national and international companies.
An energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space to grow local businesses, and education, training and research facilities, will sit alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and brand new sports facilities for the community under the plans.
The energy park site will also include 54 hectares of green space, protected for 150 years, as an enhanced area for wintering birds, as well as an off-site wildlife habitat of a further 94 hectares.
Plans for the Yorkshire Energy Park are expected to go before East Riding Council’s Planning Committee in the coming month.
Watch the video here:
The park can provide clean, reliable energy at around 20 per cent less than the market cost for businesses located on the park. Energy can also be sold back to the grid.
Because of this unique proposition, a number of multi-national and national brand names have announced their commitment to the scheme if planning permission is granted, including E.ON, Asanti Data Centres, Dell, and Legal & General.
It comes as the Humber LEP recently launched its prospectus for a Humber Industrial Strategy, including its ambition to decarbonise the Humber by 2040 and for the Humber Energy Estuary to be a global leader in clean energy generation.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “I would like to reiterate the LEP’s full support for the Yorkshire Energy Park’s proposals.
“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.
“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."
Hull College Group, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the country, and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick and one of the world’s leading education and research groups, have backed the plans.
Claire Harrison, Yorkshire Energy Park project director, said: “Alongside progressing the technical matters, we wanted to capture and share the vision for the park, and really bring to life the positive impacts it will have on our area.
“The video aims to showcase the range of career opportunities that will be available and the education and research facilities which will work hand in hand with the businesses, so local people can develop new skills and qualifications.
“It also shows how green the park will be, with tree lined walks and protected habitat for the wintering birds.”