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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, IBM, 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, IBM, L&G Investment Management, SSE Utilities, ZTE, 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.

Second series of community consultation documents are now available to download.

Continuing on to the second series of consultation 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

Comments Form

Consultation Boards

 

Energy park team share their vision after listening to public views.

The team behind the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park has unveiled further plans of how the site could look as part of a second round of public consultation sessions.

If planning officials give the go-ahead next year, the development will be on the former Hedon aerodrome site within the boundary of Preston village, to the west of Hedon, and bring energy, data and education together with businesses in a first for Yorkshire.

The scheme could create up to 700 jobs, generating significant economic impact and attracting businesses to the area.

Yorkshire-based developer Sewell and Hessle based telecommunications company MS3 Networks have partnered with investment and development company Chiltern Group to form the joint venture company to deliver the proposed scheme.

A series of public drop-in sessions are being held in Preston, Hedon, Paull and Thorgumbald this week to share the latest proposals and answer any questions about the plans.

It comes after the first round of consultation in July, which saw the public provide feedback and offer their views, helping to shape the plans as they move forward.

Rob Cawkwell, Project Director from Sewell Investments, said: “In July, we discussed the proposals with the public without drawings or a master plan because we wanted their views to help shape the development.

“We are continuing to listen and we know residents are very keen to keep the green space between the Saltend roundabout and the approach into Hedon, so we have taken that on board by positioning everything to the west of the site. We are developing less than half of the overall site.

“The plans include creating a number of picturesque park routes and walkways to run through and alongside the site. One of the parks will ensure the proposed development is screened from the east, providing a soft, landscaped edge and an area which is natural and organic in character.

“We have also been very sensitive towards the ecology and the area will be carefully managed to protect the species and protect their existing habitats.

“The master plan takes into account the full site, rather than just the proposed development area, and highlights which parts will not be developed, only enhanced for local residents.”

The proposed development includes an energy campus, which will use clean power sources to generate electricity for the site occupiers, with any surplus being fed back into the National Grid, an education, training and research campus, data centre, storage and distribution facilities, and industrial business park facilities targeted at end users with energy and data requirements.

In addition, more than 40 sporting teams incorporating over 1,000 participants from three local clubs will benefit from brand new purpose-built facilities in the first phase of the development, if the plans are approved.

Rob said: “The current premises are not fit-for-purpose and do not provide what modern sporting teams need. The new proposed premises would open up many more doors to the community for years to come.”

Gordon Wilson, Chair of Eastside Community Sports Trust, which is the main base for the local sporting clubs, said he was pleased with the open dialogue between the Trust and the Yorkshire Energy Park Team, and the support offered under the plans.

He said: “It’s been very, very positive as far as the Trust is concerned. They want to work with us and we are happy to work with them. They want to benefit the community.

“We have the best part of 1,000 kids there at the moment. The building itself is dilapidated and we have run it completely voluntarily between six of us since 2008. It’s getting harder and harder all the time.

“If we can get new facilities for the kids down there now and for everybody in the future, we support it. There are no two ways about it. Under the plans, we could attract other sports which we have had to turn away, such as wheelchair football and ladies’ netball.”

James Baron, 36, who lives in Hedon, said he too supports the plans.

“It will be a benefit to the community long-term, both from a job creation perspective and increasing skills and opportunities for people in the area.

“It’s not just for this generation, but for future generations too. At the same time, the community gets better sporting facilities and it makes use of an area that’s not really serving a purpose at the moment.”

 

Following the first public consultation session at Eastside Community Sports Trust on Monday, October 3, further events are planned:

Tuesday 4th October

4pm-7.30pm

Preston Community Hall, Main Street, Preston, HU12 8SA

 

Friday 7th October

3pm-7.30pm

Church Room (St Augustine’s), Magdalen Gate, Hedon, HU12 8JP

 

Tuesday 11th October

4pm-7.30pm

Paull Village Hall, Main Street, Paull, HU12 8AW

 

Thursday 13th October

4pm-7.30pm

Thorngumbald Village Hall, Main Road, Thorngumbald, HU12 9NG

 

 

 

You Said responses.

Responses to queries raised about the Yorkshire Energy Park plans are now available to download here: You Said Responses