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Companies confirm commitment to Yorkshire Energy Park scheme

Further leading companies have committed to making the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park their home – including the world’s largest manufacturer of lithium batteries and electric vehicles.

Listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges, BYD Company Ltd is one of China’s largest privately owned enterprises and has now confirmed its intention by entering into a commercial collaboration agreement with Yorkshire Energy Park developers.

Situated in the heart of the UK’s growing Energy Estuary, the proposed scheme is located within the boundary of Preston South village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It will bring together businesses from across the globe, generating a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy and creating more than 1,000 jobs within one million sq ft of new development, including manufacturing, storage and ancillary office space.

The occupiers will benefit from best value and resilient energy solutions, as well as on-site electricity generation, energy storage facilities and multiple grid connections. An education and research campus, associated on-site accommodation, a data centre, facilities to support new and growing businesses, and sports facilities for the community are also part of the plans.

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project facilitator, to develop the scheme.

BYD joins household names including E.ON, Vodafone, Legal & General and SSE Utilities, who have already backed the energy park plans.

Since its inception in 1995, BYD quickly developed expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions.

Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – including affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors.

Now, subject to planning approval, BYD plans to design and deliver battery storage for the Yorkshire Energy Park’s occupiers and participate in the proposed on-site National Energy and Digital Technology College through a student exchange programme with partnering Chinese higher education institutes in Shenzhen, China.

Jerome Qi, Sales Director at BYD Europe, said: “The Yorkshire Energy Park is the first of its kind and we haven’t seen anything similar in the UK. It’s a very exciting project and is interesting enough for the future of our industry for us to be part of it.

“I know Hull and the evolution the city and the Humber region has gone through industrially, as well as from a business point of view. I have seen that push from Local Government and business, and it is one of the few places that has managed to deliver and transform the region.

“BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of lithium batteries and electric vehicles. Nowadays, energy storage is a hot topic across Europe.

“In terms of what BYD will bring to the region, being part of the Yorkshire Energy Park will promote a very strong message that a major global company has chosen this area of Yorkshire to invest in.

“Taking into account this very fast growing market, BYD wants to support with its products and technology. It will bring skills to the region to allow it to become a reference point for this sector in the UK.”

Along with BYD, Asanti Datacentres Limited has also confirmed its commitment to the business park. Asanti is run by a management team with over 50 years’ worth of combined experience in the data centre industry and they have been involved in creating and running several data centres across the UK to date.

The business has recently committed to an occupational agreement to design, fit out and manage a secure data centre with disaster recovery space, which protects data in the event of emergencies.

Stewart Laing, Founder and Managing Director of Asanti Datacentres Limited, said: “We are very excited by the scale of the opportunity the Yorkshire Energy Park presents and we are already talking to investors.

“Leveraging our decades of experience in the IT and data centre services sectors, our aim is to bring up to 30 high quality jobs, ranging from IT technology specialists to data managers, to the Humber.

“We will develop local expertise and provide a world class data centre facility within the Yorkshire Energy Park, partnering with other local companies to provide additional services to their customers, such as hosting applications and bringing The Cloud, which is used for sharing and storing data on a huge scale, to more of a local level.”

Chris Turner, Chairman of the Yorkshire Energy Park, welcomed the latest support for the development.

He said: “We are delighted that BYD and Asanti Datacentres Limited are committing to the Yorkshire Energy Park project. Today’s confirmation of their collaboration in the project, both commercially and in the proposed new academic and vocational training campus, is to be welcomed locally, regionally and nationally.

“Their commitment is a major positive step and reinforces their support towards the significant inward investment the energy park will bring to the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“Attracting international companies to the UK in the wake of Brexit is a challenge and support on this level can only have positive economic benefits.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the local authorities and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in helping us bring this major, long term energy technology inward investment.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park is an ideal location for businesses looking for power and data resilience, links to research and development, reinforced by an exceptionally strong transport infrastructure and access to a skilled workforce.

The synergies with like-minded companies and infrastructure will be second to none for companies looking to thrive and grow.

Although the land for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park site is in the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is owned by Hull City Council and the authority gave the go-ahead to the land terms for the former aerodrome site in March.

Councillor Steve Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “This is great news for the region.

“The partnership between Hull City Council and Yorkshire Energy Park will generate multi-millions of pounds for the Humber economy, creating hundreds of jobs and generating a robust, long-term income stream for Hull City Council.

“A lot of work has been done to make sure the scheme sponsors engage with the statutory agencies to develop the best project for the area. The developers have also committed a significant amount of time to involving the community in shaping the plans and the results of this engagement have led to substantial public support.

“This will be very important in strengthening the Humber’s position as the UK’s Energy Estuary.”

The proposed development is expected to be heard at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee shortly.

‘Energy park is the only way we will survive,’ says sporting charity

Trustees of a sports and community base which is home to dozens of sporting teams have told how they are facing the devastating worry of an uncertain future without new facilities.

Eastside Community Sports Trust at Saltend is currently based on the site identified as part of plans for the £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park on the boundary of Preston South village and Hedon in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Eastside’s current facilities, which are used by more than 700 people per week during peak football and rugby seasons, are in a state of major disrepair and, due to significant annual running costs, it continues to struggle financially.

The function rooms are underused, parking is inadequate, large events force parking onto the pitches or nearby Staithes Road, and there are not enough changing rooms. Meanwhile, the showers are no longer fit for purpose and adult and youth teams are unable to play at the same time, the current facilities cannot accommodate disabled sports, which limits income, and the pitches are prone to flooding.

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project facilitator, to develop the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park scheme, which is expected to be heard at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee in the coming months.

The energy park will bring together businesses from across the globe, generating a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy and creating more than 1,000 jobs.

Rob Cawkwell, Project Director at Sewell Investments, said a brand new sporting zone, which will be created if the scheme is given the go-ahead, will open up a world of new opportunities for the Trust and everyone who uses the base.

He said: “Under the Yorkshire Energy Park plans, Eastside will have brand new fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient facilities, including a new clubhouse and gym, changing facilities and several new sports pitches for a range of sports, high quality lighting, pitch drainage, and improved parking.

“It is hoped with better provisions and a wider variety of sports facilities, membership will increase and Eastside will also be able to attract female and disabled sports teams and activities, as well as corporate and private events, which will ensure a financially sustainable future for the Trust.

“This will provide much more certainty and stability for everyone at Eastside and is part of a much wider plan to create significant inward investment and employment for the Yorkshire and Humber region.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park will include around one million sq ft of business accommodation, including manufacturing, storage and office space. The occupiers will benefit from best value and resilient energy solutions, as well as on-site electricity generation, energy storage facilities and resilient power and data connections.

An education and research campus, associated on-site accommodation, a data centre, facilities to support new and growing businesses, and sports facilities for the community are also part of the plans.

Household names including Vodafone, Legal & General, Almax and SSE Utilities have already voiced their support for the plans, with further announcements to follow in the coming weeks.

Hedon resident Andy Dickinson has been a Trustee at Eastside Community Sports Trust, which is a registered charity, for more than 10 years. He said he, Gordon and fellow Trustee Dave Gatti each spend 20 to 30 hours per week voluntarily cutting the grass, marking out pitches and maintaining the facilities.

Andy said: “Eastside is struggling week in, week out, and the building is in such a bad state of repair, so if we raise any money, it has to go straight back into that.

“I have lived in Hedon all my life and the Yorkshire Energy Park will create jobs, as well as fantastic new sports and community facilities. This is the only way we will survive.”

Gordon Wilson, Chair of Eastside Community Sports Trust has also been involved as a trustee for the past decade.

He said: “The current facilities are dilapidated, we can’t afford to update them and we’re really struggling financially.

“We are fully volunteer-led and none of us are getting any younger. We want great facilities for the teams and the community for years to come. With improved pitches, we can hopefully facilitate walking and wheelchair football, netball and other sports.

“If we have these new facilities, we can attract more people, which makes us more sustainable because we can gain extra income and teams will be able to train all year round.

“The other advantage is changing and shower facilities will all be improved. We’ll have more parking, making it more family and community-friendly, which is what we’re all about.

“The whole Yorkshire Energy Park project is positive for the entire community. If you’re creating jobs and opening up opportunities, it’s got to be positive. It’s putting the Humber on the map.”

Families who use the facilities have welcomed the plans and the potential for a brighter future at Eastside, which is home to three main clubs in Hedon Rangers AFC, Skirlaugh RLFC and BP RUFC.

Local resident Carl Jessop has two sons, Freddie and Isaac. Freddie plays for Skirlaugh under 8’s and Isaac plays for Skirlaugh Shrimps.

Carl said: “It would be a massive benefit for the teams and the community to have new facilities at Eastside. The Yorkshire Energy Park should seen as a positive. Beyond job creation, there are real opportunities here and a boost for the area, which will have a knock-on effect.”

Shaun Hill, who coaches the A team, under 7s and Shrimps at Skirlaugh, said: “New facilities would mean a lot to the kids because it’s getting tired at Eastside. New facilities would give them a chance to move forward.

“It would bring a lot more kids down here. At the moment, we are turning kids away because we haven’t got the facilities. In winter, we have to put money into other facilities to train because we haven’t got them ourselves. We have a waiting list too.”

The prosed Yorkshire Energy Park site is easily accessible from the M62, by train, close to the Port of Hull and Humberside International Airport.

Although the land for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park site is in the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is owned by Hull City Council and the authority gave the go-ahead to the land terms for the former aerodrome site in March.

Land lease terms for proposed Yorkshire Energy Park given green light by council

Hull City Council has given the go-ahead to land terms for the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park.

The scheme, which is located within the boundary of Preston South village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, could generate a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy, create more than 1,000 jobs and one million sq ft of development space.

Although the land for the proposed site is in the East Riding, it is owned by Hull City Council.

The team behind the Yorkshire Energy Park has been developing specific commercial terms which reflect the nature, scale and challenges of the complex scheme, while also providing a robust, long term income stream for the council if planning consent is granted.

Now, following extensive public consultation and detailed work with other agencies, Hull City Council Cabinet Members have approved the commercial terms for the land subject to planning approval.

An outline planning application was submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the Yorkshire Energy Park in May 2017 and a number of further supporting documents have been submitted over the last 10 months.

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project developer, to deliver the proposed scheme on the former aerodrome site.

The Yorkshire Energy Park could provide a unique business environment in the UK, bringing together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries such as information technology and food processing, on one site.

The energy strategy for the park has been designed to ensure the provision of best value, resilient energy solutions for occupiers. All occupiers will be able to benefit from on-site electricity generation distributed over private wire, energy storage facilities and multiple grid connections. The electrical infrastructure will meet the exacting requirements for data centres, as well as offering low cost, clean energy for all occupiers.

Leading national real estate advisors GVA and Hull-based Garness Jones are promoting the location to companies which could potentially set up home on the site.

Household names such as E.ON, Almax, Legal & General, SSE Utilities, ZTE and Vodafone have already announced their support for the energy park plans.

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.”

Easily accessible from the M62, by train, close to the Port of Hull and Humberside International Airport, the site will bring together businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation alongside education and research.

As part of the investment, local sports and community facilities will also benefit from relocation on the site to new and improved accommodation. A green buffer zone has been extended, following significant public consultation, to maintain a gap between Hedon and the proposed development, and create a nature zone.

Traffic management and flood mitigation have also been taken into account under the plans.

Site investigation works to take place on proposed site

The outline planning application for the proposed development of the Yorkshire Energy Park has now been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The planning reference is DC/17/01673/STOUTE/STRAT.

Following the submission of the application, we will be undertaking a series of below ground investigations on the site to understand the ground conditions, water environment and archaeology. The works will commence in late August 2017 and are anticipated to last 5-6 weeks.

The investigations will be focused to the western part of the site, towards Staithes Road, across the area proposed for development. Some minor works (e.g. digging by hand) will also be undertaken across the land to the rear of Kingstown Hotel.

The investigations will use a range of different methods, including temporary trial pits using an excavator and a series of boreholes with a range of different drill rigs.

Engineers will be on site during the works to observe the soils, take samples and conduct further non-intrusive monitoring as required.  Other specialists may also be on site at various times, including ecologists and archaeologists.

A site cabin and welfare facilities will be set up in the western part of the site off Staithes Road. There will also be vehicles moving around the site.

If you require any further information about the site investigations or the proposed development, please do not hesitate to contact Rob Cawkwell on 01482 787777 or via email hello@yorkshire-energy-park.co.uk.

Agents appointed to promote Yorkshire Energy Park to national and international end users

Two commercial property agents have been appointed to secure additional national and international end users at the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park, with the aim of attracting significant inward investment to the Humber region.

Leading national real estate advisors GVA and Hull-based Garness Jones will promote the location to companies which could potentially set up home on the former aerodrome site, which has the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs.

It comes after leading energy supplier E.ON, Almax, L&G Investment Management, SSE Utilities, ZTE, Vodafone, and local education provider Hull College have already announced their support for the energy park plans.

The scheme, which is located within the boundary of Preston South village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, could generate a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy.

David Garness, Managing Director at Garness Jones in Hull, said: “Due to the scale and affordable energy, the Yorkshire Energy Park gives us a real opportunity to bring inward investment.

“My confidence in the city and region attracting investment and business is massively higher than it was a year ago. We can sell our location and it has very good ingredients.

“The Hull and Humber market has many existing occupiers and there will be an element of opportunity for them to grow. But there will be businesses which are growing and prospering, which are also looking for a location with the benefits that Hull has to offer, and this will be attractive to them.

“This is a genuine high profile offer set in a parkland environment and the east of the city is important because it’s very much a manufacturing heartland, so it will bring good opportunities in that respect.

“The Yorkshire Energy Park will generate significant efficiencies and savings for occupiers and is on a strategic site located in the heart of the UK’s energy estuary.

“We are genuinely delighted to be involved. We know the Hull and East Riding area very well and have successfully let a lot of stock down there in the last few years. To have more buildings is clearly welcome for us and the local market. It offers something a bit different with the affordable energy option.”

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project facilitator, to deliver the proposed scheme.

The Yorkshire Energy Park could provide a unique business environment in the UK, bringing together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries such as information technology and food processing, on one site.

Generating private wire energy on site and with direct access to the National Grid, the park will provide best value, resilient energy for occupiers, as well as secure data storage in purpose-built accommodation.

Roger Lown, Senior Director at GVA, said: “On site energy generation will give the Yorkshire Energy Park a significant competitive advantage. There is an opportunity for occupiers to make substantial savings in their energy budgets.

“We see this as being particularly attractive to high energy use businesses. GVA is delighted to be involved in this high profile project.”

An outline planning application was submitted for the Yorkshire Energy Park in May and three rounds of community information events were held in Preston, Preston South, Hedon, Paull and Thorngumbald to share the proposals with the public as the plans developed, with hundreds of people turning out to share their thoughts and ask questions.

The site is currently owned by Hull City Council and the developers have been working in partnership with the local authority, as well as East Riding of Yorkshire Council, to ensure the project optimises economic development opportunities for the area while also recognising the ecological importance of the eastern part of the site.

Chris Turner, Chairman of the Yorkshire Energy Park Development Company and Chiltern Group, said: “GVA and Garness Jones are the best national and local agents in the country for this kind of project.

“Chiltern has been working with GVA for several years on highly complicated, large scale projects and they have an in-depth understanding of the energy occupier market, as well as a very strong team.

“Garness Jones come highly recommended and were selected as a result of a rigorous interview process.

“The Yorkshire Energy Park will provide secure, economical storage solutions for occupiers with large energy requirements and provide them with a choice of carrier neutral and dual resilient high speed fibre network connectivity options.

“The aim is to bring together forward thinking businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation.”

As part of the investment, local sports and community facilities will also benefit from relocation on the site to new and improved accommodation.

In addition, the green buffer zone has been extended by almost 50% and, over the life of the development, the area is protected so it can’t be built on, instead reserved for birds and wildlife.

Traffic management and flood mitigation have also been taken into account under the plans.

Easily accessible from the M62, by train, close to the Port of Hull and Humberside International Airport, the site will bring together businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation alongside education and research.

Subject to a successful planning application, work on the Yorkshire Energy Park could begin in early 2018.

Community update – June

Thank you to everyone that attended the most recent round of information events on the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park.

This was the third time we have been to see you to share how our plans have evolved into the outline planning application we have now submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. At every stage we have shown you how we have taken on board feedback from residents, interested parties and statutory consultees to change the development.

The proposed development remains concentrated in the far west of the site, farthest away from Preston South and Hedon. Please take a look at the document below for more information on the changes made in the plan presented in May compared to October, as well as a round up of events.

YEP Community Update June

Energy giant announces support for £200m energy park scheme

A leading energy supplier has become the latest company to back the proposed £200m Yorkshire Energy Park.

E.ON joins a number of international companies who have already announced their support for the plans, including Almax, L&G Investment Management, SSE Utilities, Vodafone and local education provider Hull College.

The scheme, which is earmarked for a former aerodrome site within the boundary of South Preston village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, could create more than 1,000 jobs and generate a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy.

Jeff Parr May, Project Director at E.ON, said the company’s commitment to the proposed scheme aligns with its European ambitions regarding energy solutions.

He said: “The opportunity presented by Yorkshire Energy Park clearly fits with E.ON’s ambitions across Europe to provide smarter, low carbon energy solutions at scale and we are exploring opportunities with Yorkshire Energy Park’s development team that would see a more sustainable, flexible and cost-effective energy solution for the whole site.”

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London-based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project facilitator, to deliver the proposed scheme.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is set to attract significant inward investment and employment, bringing together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries such as information technology and food processing, on one site, providing a business environment unique in the UK.

As an outline planning application was submitted for the Yorkshire Energy Park earlier this month (May), community information events have been held to share the final proposals with the public, with hundreds of people turning out to look at the plans.

E.ON’s backing of the Yorkshire Energy Park shows further commitment to the region.

The company owns and operates the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm which became fully operational in 2015, with 73 turbines located 8km off the Holderness coast generating enough electricity for around 170,000 homes – equivalent to around one and a half times the size of Hull.

E.ON’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base in Grimsby was officially opened after a £4m transformation of a neglected site. The project involved 102 local sub-contractors throughout the construction of the building, which is home to the wind farm’s control room, as well as offices, stores and a workshop.

In April 2015, E.ON launched the Community Support Fund, a ring-fenced pot of money set aside to support smaller, sustainable projects in the parishes bordering the wind farm between Easington and Preston. Local community groups, voluntary organisations or registered charities will be able to apply for funding.

The fund has been running for two years and 37 local community groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities have benefited from it, including supporting an apprenticeship project in partnership with CATCH in North Lincolnshire and a visitor centre for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which will help protect Spurn’s wildlife and manage the large number of visitors.

Located in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary, the strategic Yorkshire Energy Park site has the potential to generate major efficiencies and savings for occupiers, providing competitively-priced, resilient energy.

The site is currently owned by Hull City Council and the developers have been working in partnership with the local authority to ensure the project optimises economic development opportunities for the area while also recognising the ecological importance of the eastern part of the site.

As part of the investment, local sports and community facilities will also benefit from relocation on the site to new and improved accommodation.

In addition, the green buffer zone has been extended by almost 50% and, over the life of the development, the area is protected so it can’t be built on, insteads reserved for birds and wildlife.

Traffic management and flood mitigation have also been taken into account under the plans.

Easily accessible from the M62, by train, close to the Port of Hull and Humberside International Airport, the site will bring together businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation alongside education and research.

Chris Turner, Chairman of the Yorkshire Energy Park Development Company and Chiltern Group, said: “We have worked on major projects with E.ON Germany and E.ON UK for several years and regard them as a global leader in the renewable energy generation and storage sector.

“Their participation in the project will deliver low carbon energy and significant cost savings to occupiers of the park.”

Two rounds of consultation sessions have already been held in Preston, Hedon, Paull and Thorngumbald as plans for the Yorkshire Energy Park develop.

Following introductory consultation events held in June last year, a further five drop-in sessions took place in October to share the latest proposals and answer any questions about the proposed development.

The application has been developed with support from a multi-disciplinary team led by GVA.

Subject to a successful planning application, work on the Yorkshire Energy Park could begin in early 2018.

Third community consultation documents are now available to download.

Continuing on to the third series of information events, the team has prepared detailed consultation boards and handed out comments slips to residents and businesses.

We have uploaded the documents to ensure that, if you were unable to attend a drop in session, the information is still accessible.

If you would prefer to email your comments direct, please send them to hello@yorkshire-energy-park.co.uk

Consultation boards

Comments Form

Yorkshire and Humber set to attract significant inward investment and employment as businesses back £200m plans

A number of international companies have revealed their support today for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park development including Almax, IBM, L&G Investment Management, SSE Utilities, ZTE, Vodafone, as well as local education providers Hull College.

 

The site earmarked for the project is a former aerodrome within the boundary of South Preston village, close to the Saltend BP plant, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  The proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park could create more than 1,000 jobs and generate a multi-million pound investment boost for the Yorkshire and Humber economy with every £1 invested expected to have an impact of £3 on the local economy from the construction phase alone.

 

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Eco Parks Developments Ltd have partnered with London based Chiltern, a national renewable energy, infrastructure and technology project facilitator, to deliver the proposed scheme.

 

The location benefits from the billions of pounds being invested in North Sea renewable energy generation and brings together low carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries, such as information technology and food processing, on a single large site, providing a business environment unique in the UK.

 

The site is currently owned by Hull City Council and the developers have been working in partnership with the Council to ensure that the project optimises economic development opportunities for the area whilst also recognising the ecological importance of the Eastern part of the site. Local sports and community facilities will also benefit from the investment by being relocated on site to new and improved accommodation.

 

Chris Turner, Chairman of the Yorkshire Energy Park project, said: “With the level of corporate backing already committed to this project, the Yorkshire Energy Park has the potential to provide a major economic, education and training boost to this region and create a project template for the UK’s low carbon industrial future, as set out in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper.”

 

Nick Toft, Head of Customer Acquisition at Vodafone UK Limited, confirmed the company’s interest in supporting the IT service and connectivity requirements of the development.

 

He said: “Vodafone look forward to working with the development team of the Yorkshire

Energy Park to provide leading technology and communication solutions.”

 

Bob Dowell, of ZTE UK Ltd, a multi-national telecommunications equipment and systems company, added: “ZTE are pleased to provide their endorsement for this project, which we regard as being of national significance.  By bringing together low cost energy, energy security, education and technology on a single site, Yorkshire Energy Park will deliver a major socio-economic boost for the Humber region.

 

“ZTE look forward to playing a long term role in working with the Yorkshire Energy Park developers to provide state-of-the-art, transformational technology and telecommunications equipment for the project.”

 

Located in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary, the strategic Yorkshire Energy Park site has the potential to generate major efficiencies and savings for occupiers, providing competitively-priced, resilient energy.

 

Easily accessible from the M62, by train, close to the Port of Hull and Humberside International Airport, it will bring together forward-thinking businesses from across the globe to create and deliver innovation alongside education and research.

 

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Economic Partnership (LEP), said: “This is a great day for the Humber.   The Yorkshire Energy Park would further strengthen our position as the UK’s Energy Estuary, building on the success of the recent Siemens investment.  The number of new jobs proposed is transformational and the level of private sector investment and community engagement already undertaken by the joint venture team, and their end users, is further tangible evidence that the Humber is an attractive proposition for investors.”

 

“There have been extensive and constructive discussions by all parties, including statutory agencies, on this important project.  I am delighted that the planning application has now been submitted.”

Matt Jukes, Chief Executive, Hull City Council, adds: “We have been in discussions with the developers for some time to ensure that the development plans are robust and deliverable.

 

“The site is of key strategic importance and we are keen to maximise the positive impact that this scheme can have on wider economic development of the sub region.

 

“We are looking forward to working with the developer over the coming years to enable the full potential of the development to be realised.”

 

The support for the scheme comes as an outline planning application will be submitted this month and community information events have been organised to share the final proposals with the public.

 

Rob Cawkwell, Project Director from Sewell Investments, said: “This underutilised site is regionally unique in that it has the benefit of size and direct access to natural gas and electricity infrastructure.

 

“We have spent almost 1,000 hours listening to and briefing stakeholders, and taken on board the comments and points raised, which are clearly reflected in the outline planning submission.

 

“This third round of information events will demonstrate how much we have listened, as well as how previous events have informed the application.

 

“On the back of extensive community engagement, we have extended the green buffer zone by almost 50%. Over the life of the development, that area is protected such that we will never build on it and it will be reserved for birds and wildlife.

 

“We have also taken traffic management into account both on and off site, flood mitigation measures that will have a positive impact both on and off site and we are protecting the views of the churches in Hedon, Preston and Paull, referred to locally as the Three Sisters.

 

“Both strategically and technically, this scheme ticks all of the boxes and meets all of the requirements for the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. We look forward to showing the final proposals to members of the public and other stakeholders.”

 

Two rounds of consultation sessions have already been held in Preston, Hedon, Paull and Thorngumbald as plans for the Yorkshire Energy Park develop.

 

Following introductory consultation events held in June last year, a further five drop-in sessions took place in October to share the latest proposals and answer any questions about the proposed development.

 

Subject to a successful planning application, work on the Yorkshire Energy Park could begin in early 2018.  The application has been developed with support from a multi-disciplinary team led by GVA.

 

To find out more about the latest plans and meet the team, please visit one of the following drop-in sessions listed on the events page.

 

 

Detailed site surveys to be carried out for Yorkshire Energy Park.

Thank you to those who attended the second series of consultation sessions last month as proposals for the Yorkshire Energy Park development.

Almost 170 people attended five public drop-in sessions over two weeks and many comments were received, as well as feedback on the updated plans following the first round of consultation in July.

The aim of the consultations was to share the latest proposals and answer any questions about the proposed development.

With this in mind, we are now preparing for the outline planning application. We will continue to develop the scheme in readiness for that, maintaining an open dialogue with all stakeholders.

To further inform the application, detailed site surveys will be carried out from November 14th. We have already carried out non-intrusive site surveys, walking, observing and taking measurements.

The latest stage will include creating wells of various depths to understand the geology, water levels and hydrology of the site.

Excavation work will also be carried out and the areas for the wells have been specifically planned to gather the data required, avoiding any areas of historical importance, surface water and underground utilities.

The Yorkshire Energy Park scheme is earmarked for the former aerodrome site within the boundary of Preston village, to the west of Hedon. Although plans are still in their infancy, the development could bring energy, data and education together with businesses in a first for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Hessle-based telecommunications company MS3 Networks have partnered with investment and development company Chiltern Group in the proposed scheme.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.