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Region’s business leaders back ‘imperative’ Yorkshire Energy Park plans

Some of the region’s biggest business leaders have announced their unwavering support for the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park, reinforcing how it will be ‘imperative’ for inward investment, job creation and economic growth.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a potential new development located on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South, to the west of Hedon, and will create up to 4,480 jobs.

The energy park will include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space for established and start-up businesses to grow, education, training and research facilities, alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and brand new sports facilities for the community.

It will also include 54 hectares of green space, protected for 150 years for wildlife, as well as another 94 hectares of open space on a nearby site for wintering birds.

Plans for the Yorkshire Energy Park are expected to go before East Riding of Yorkshire’s Council’s Planning Committee in the coming months.

Tim Rix CBE has been involved in building the reputation of the Humber as the “Energy Estuary” in his capacity as Chairman of J.R. Rix & Sons, Vice Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), former Chair of the Hull City Leadership Board and Chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme.

He said: “It is imperative that the Yorkshire Energy Park is supported and approved at planning so that this area is able to provide land and facilities to support the new, emerging industries that are keen to locate here and to employ people in our Humber area.

“If we cannot make new facilities available, we have all been wasting our time.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park is being proposed by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2017.

The proposed location for the Yorkshire Energy Park is the only available site on the north bank of the Humber which has a natural gas supply of sufficient size and capacity already on the site, along with a National Grid connection in close proximity.

As a result, the park can provide clean, reliable energy at around 20% less than the market cost for businesses located on the park, and energy can also be sold back to the grid.

A number of multi-national and national brand names have shared their intention to be part of the scheme once planning is secured, including E.ON, Asanti Data Centres, Dell, and Legal & General.

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 also backed the plans.

Education and training will be in place for local people to become trained in new industries, equipping them with the skills to take advantage of career opportunities at the Yorkshire Energy Park in the future.

Andy Parkinson, Chair of the Humber Bondholders, which markets the Humber on the national and international stage, called on key decision-makers to consider the energy park’s strategic importance to the local area.

He said: “The region is seeing unprecedented levels of inward investment and renewed confidence following a sustained period of economic decline during the last recession, which saw the Humber fall further behind to other competing economic centres around the UK.

“A cornerstone to the region’s renaissance has been the pursuit of new markets that have been created in the energy sector.

“We’ve already seen significant investment from Siemens and Orsted, the mobilisation of Energy Works and the recent announcement from Drax for their ambitious plans for carbon capture. This is alongside a range of other related energy supply chain developments all of which has given the Humber a platform to further grow its economy.

“The Yorkshire Energy Park is one of those opportunities.”

David Kilburn, Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies, said the energy park is “vital” for attracting local and international investment to the area.

He said: “We have a huge need for this kind of investment and I hope the economic benefits of it will be considered as part of the application.

“There will certainly be significant benefits both directly and indirectly to our local economy – a real opportunity not to be missed.”

Phil Ascough, former President of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, was part of the management team which led the Press Association’s (PA) move from Leeds to Howden in 2000 and said he believes the Yorkshire Energy Park could bring similar benefits.

He said: “What I saw was an inward investment which provided employment and training opportunities for hundreds of young people at a global centre of excellence and which transformed the fortunes of the business community in and around Howden.

“It generated much-increased volumes of trade for local retailers, food and beverage outlets, hotels, petrol stations, taxi operators and more.

“This, in turn, supported the regeneration of the town itself, as local firms expanded into refurbished premises and more businesses were attracted into the town.

“The economic revival of Howden even led to the railway station becoming a stopping point for Hull Trains.

“Now, I’m not suggesting for a minute that approving the energy park planning application would bring the railway back to Holderness. But I and my Chamber colleagues do feel it would trigger significant economic benefits at the development site with very lucrative spin-offs for the region as a whole.

“It would also send a clear message that our part of the world is open for business and ready to support businesses in taking a positive, creative and innovative approach to tackling current and future economic challenges.”

Support for the development has also come from Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady OBE, former East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leader and Deputy Chair of the Humber LEP Stephen Parnaby OBE, and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

New video released as decision over proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park expected in coming months

Developers behind the proposed £200m Yorkshire Energy Park have released a new video to provide an insight into what the park could become, should planners give the scheme the go-ahead in the coming months.

The potential new development located on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South and to the west of Hedon, 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 of Yorkshire’s Council’s Planning Committee in the coming months to determine whether or not the development is given the green light to progress.

Claire Harrison, Yorkshire Energy Park Project Director, said: “We have worked in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the statutory agencies for three years to develop a scheme which maximises the benefits for local people, while being sympathetic to its surroundings.

“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.”

The proposed location for the Yorkshire Energy Park is the only available site on the north bank of the Humber which has a natural gas supply of sufficient size and capacity already on the site, along with a National Grid connection in close proximity.

As a result, the park can provide clean, reliable energy at around 20% less than the market cost for businesses located on the park, and 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.

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 also backed the plans.

Lord Christopher Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said the energy park has the organisation’s “full support”.

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.

It is also leading a consultation on its priorities for the future development of the Humber, involving businesses and other organisations with a stake in its success by the end of July, and agreeing its industrial strategy later in 2019.

Lord Haskins 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.

“Although not originally in the latest East Riding Local Plan as employment land, the site has a massive inherent advantage as it has both a gas supply crossing it and an entrance point to the National Grid in close proximity, enabling the generation of clean electricity on site at a cost up to 20 per cent less than market.

“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.

“To not consider it viable employment land, given the competitive advantage it could offer, would be a travesty.”

Proposed Site: Update

In December 2018 the consortium behind the Yorkshire Energy Park development responded to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s ‘call for sites’ as part of the consultation on the Local Plan.

The plan, adopted by the council in 2016, has to be assessed to determine whether a review is needed and in-line with the Yorkshire Energy Park application the team has submitted the site for consideration as development land for employment use.

With the proposals for the scheme already providing the opportunity to create 4,480 jobs locally, submitting the site for consideration in the local plan review acts as another step towards inward investment for the Humber region and the creation of thousands of jobs locally.

The deadline for responses was Friday 21st December and submissions will be made publicly available to view on the Council’s website. A draft report of all the sites is likely to be completed by the Council by the end of 2019.

Community Notice – Site Surveys

Following the submission of the planning application for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park development (ref: DC/17/01673/STOUTE), plans to protect and enhance the habitat for wildlife continue to be developed.

To further inform the ecological plans, invertebrate surveys and hydrological modelling are being carried out this week. These investigations will be taking place on the former Hedon Aerodrome site, earmarked for the Yorkshire Energy park development, and the Thorn Marsh land, identified as additional green space for wildlife.

This work is expected to last 3-5 days.

If you require any further information about the site investigations or the proposed development, please do not hesitate to contact Claire Harrison on 01482 701251 or via email hello@yorkshire-energy-park.co.uk.

‘Green’ European company announces plans to expand to the UK if energy park plans are given green light

A European consortium which designs, engineers and manufactures electric scooters and motorbikes will bring its business to the UK for the first time if plans for the £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park are given the go-ahead.

Ecomotion has already established strong markets for its urban bikes in Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands, and says its next move will be to the proposed energy park on the former Hedon Aerodrome site if East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee give it the green light.

The 100% electric scooters and motorbikes aim to reduce energy consumption and are particularly popular in areas where congestion charges apply, or are being considered. For a 60km ride, a 100% electric vehicle can be built with enough range, while massively reducing commuters’ consumption and maintenance costs, and producing zero emissions.

As part of the Yorkshire Energy Park development, Ecomotion is planning a major design technology and assembly facility targeting the UK and international market, bringing inward investment and jobs to the region. It plans to work alongside Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick and one of the world’s leading education and research groups, to redevelop the scooters for the UK mass market.

The business is the latest to announce its support for the Yorkshire Energy Park plans, alongside a number of multi-national and national brand names, and education providers, including WMG, Hull College Group, E.ON, Asanti, Dell, SSE and Legal & General.

This is in addition to backing from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region’s biggest business body, Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leader Stephen Parnaby, and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

Juan Carlos Alonso, Chief Executive Officer of Ecomotion, said: “We are delighted to offer our support for the plans and announce our hopes alongside other market-leading brand names to innovate and bring inward investment to the Humber region.

“If planning permission is granted, this will be the first time we have had a base in the UK and we are incredibly keen to set up home on the Yorkshire Energy Park site, which is so unique in its offering in that it combines resilient private wire electricity alongside a major research and development offering.

“We plan to make some modifications to our urban scooters and push these out to the UK market, working with WMG at the University of Warwick to tailor to mass market demands.

“Our scooters offer safe and enjoyable driving while reducing energy consumption, favouring sustainable mobility, and offering a clean, powerful and nimble mode of transport.”

The LEMev electric vehicle takes its name from LEM, the Italian brand of helmets and motorcycle clothing which combine performance and cutting-edge design specifically developed for the urban user.

Ecomotion was founded in 2010 by Luma, Immotec and Dhemen. Luma is the owner of successful motorcycle and scooter accessories brands, Immotec is an engineering company dedicated to the development of racing bikes, which has already produced a MotoGP and Moto2 bike, and Dhemen is a top level, award-winning industrial design company.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a potential new development located on the former aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South, to the west of Hedon, and will create up to 4,480 jobs.

If planning permission is granted, the energy park will include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space for established and start-up businesses, a National Centre of Excellence for education, training and research alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and new sports facilities for the community.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is being proposed by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2017.

The team behind the proposals has worked in partnership with statutory agencies for three years to bring about this development, putting the Humber region on the map, including more than 1,000 hours of public engagement to ensure the scheme has been developed with the community.

The fundamental reason for this site is the presence of a connection to the National Grid and it can offer clean, reliable energy at significantly less cost than the market for on-site users. Energy can also be sold back to the grid.

It is the only site on the north bank of the Humber where this grid connection exists with sufficient capacity for the import and export of energy, and where there is a piped natural gas fuel supply already on site.

Yorkshire Energy Park Chairman Chris Turner said Ecomotion’s backing of the development is an incredibly positive reminder of its potential and how it has already attracted the attention of businesses and education leaders both nationally and internationally.

He said: “This is yet another example of inward investment and a huge, forward-thinking commitment from Ecomotion to expand its business into the UK under these plans, choosing the unique Yorkshire Energy Park site as its base.

“Commitment on this level is phenomenal and should not be underestimated, as it once again highlights how important this site will be to the region and beyond for years to come.

“Ecomotion’s news follows Warwick Manufacturing Group’s backing announced earlier this week and it’s wonderful to see such high level support for this flagship project.”

More businesses to be given help and support if £200 million energy park plans are given the green light

A business support agency which has helped to create thousands of jobs says it will be able to help even more people and grow if the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park is given the go-ahead by planners.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a potential new development located on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South, to the west of Hedon, and will create up to 4,480 jobs.

If planning permission is granted by East Riding of Yorkshire’s Council’s Planning Committee in the coming weeks, the energy park will include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space for established and start-up businesses and SME growth, a National Centre of Excellence for education, training and research alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and new sports facilities for the community.

Sirius, which is based in Hedon, was established by BP Chemicals Limited in 1999 to create new jobs in the local area and replace 300 jobs lost when the company’s Saltend site was restructured.

The original aim for Sirius was to recreate the jobs lost at the site through the provision of soft loans to startup ventures from a £1 million fund over a three year period.  The target of 300 new jobs was achieved well ahead of schedule and Sirius has gone on to help create thousands of jobs in the Hull, East Riding and York area.

Now, Alan Gordon-Freeman, Chief Executive Officer at Sirius, has announced his support for the energy park plans, with the support agency moving to the site if the scheme is approved.

With plans for incubator units to provide startup businesses with space to launch their ventures, to on-site advice and expertise given alongside this within a business centre, Mr Gordon-Freeman said the opportunities will be endless.

He said: “Since 1999, we have helped create well over 3,000 jobs. We give ongoing mentoring and support free to whoever comes in and we’ve helped everybody from insurance brokers and window cleaners to bigger businesses, such as those that grew to become Worldpay and webuyanycar.com.

“Relocating to the business centre on the Yorkshire Energy Park site will make us sustainable, so we can carry on offering our services. We will be able to do so much more and help more people.

“We don’t have incubator space available at the moment. There is nothing on this side of the city which is going to be able to deliver anything like this and we will be able to work with more people with good ideas, and help them to grow.

“At the moment, we help about 200 people a year to become self-employed or to set up a business. By giving support to existing businesses, that’s another 200 a year, and I estimate a 50% increase on that if the Yorkshire Energy Park is given the go-ahead.

“There are also going to be huge opportunities for small businesses to become involved in the supply chain work which will be created by the site itself.”

Mr Gordon-Freeman said the energy park development will also open up doors for Sirius to grow its own team as it strives to reach out to more people.

“We currently have a team of four and I see that increasing to six people directly employed by us if the plans get the go-ahead,” he said.

“I think the Yorkshire Energy Park is the best thing that could happen to that site. The opportunities, especially for youngsters of the future, in terms of apprenticeships, jobs, local wealth and pride, is immense, and I’m really pleased to be involved in it.

“I absolutely hope East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee says yes to the Yorkshire Energy Park – the economic benefits for our area are potentially huge.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park is being proposed by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2017.

A number of multi-national and national brand names have already announced their support for the plans, including E.ON, Asanti, Dell, SSE, BYD and Legal & General.

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 also backed the plans.

This is in addition to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region’s biggest business body, Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leader Stephen Parnaby and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

The team behind the proposed development has worked in partnership with statutory agencies for three years to bring about this flagship project, putting the Humber region on the map, including more than 1,000 hours of public engagement to ensure the scheme has been developed with the community.

The fundamental reason for this site is the presence of a connection to the National Grid and it can offer clean, reliable energy at significantly less cost than the market for on-site users. Energy can also be sold back to the grid.

It is the only site on the north bank of the Humber where this grid connection exists with sufficient capacity for import/export of energy and where there is a piped natural gas fuel supply already on site.

Over the past two decades, Sirius has provided free advice to many businesses, including approximately 40 in the Holderness area.

The Rolling Pin, an artisan bakery and confectionary business in St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, is among those who received support with business planning and funding, and has recently celebrated its first anniversary under the current ownership.

Co-owner Craig Morgan said: “We’ve had loads of support from Sirius and we are so grateful.

“They helped us with business plans and the finance side of things, and they put us on the right track with legal and business advice.

“I’m all for the Yorkshire Energy Park. We’re hoping people from the site will use us and other local shops because it’s needed. We’re growing as a business but this could be amazing.

“The potential for Sirius to grow with the energy park is massive. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable and the energy park will give them chance to help so many more businesses.”

Claire Harrison, Yorkshire Energy Park Project Director, said: “Job creation, apprenticeships and opening up new opportunities for businesses and generations to come is a fundamental part of

the Yorkshire Energy Park development. We are looking ahead to the future and Sirius is doing exactly the same for those it helps and supports.

“Sirius has a proven track record of helping thousands of people to date and that is set to grow under these plans, which is a huge positive for the region.

“We’re delighted to have their backing for this development and can see the huge potential and opportunity for startup and existing businesses to grow with Sirius’ support.”

World-leading education and research group backs £200 million energy park plans

One of the world’s leading education and research groups has announced its support for the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park, highlighting the opportunity for the site to play a major part in energy innovation, training and skills development.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, employs over 600 staff and delivers education programmes in seven countries, providing innovative solutions to industry through research, education and collaboration.

It has strong relationships with over 1,000 global companies, supports 1,800 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through dedicated programmes, and has seen over 35,000 students study with the department from 75 countries.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a potential new development located on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South, to the west of Hedon, and will create up to 4,480 jobs.

If planning permission is granted by East Riding of Yorkshire’s Council’s Planning Committee in the coming weeks, the energy park will include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space for established and start-up businesses and SME growth, a National Centre of Excellence for education, training and research alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and new sports facilities for the community.

WMG says the proposed National Energy and Digital Technology College planned for the site will bring together leading organisations to generate new skills and training opportunities to meet the needs of end users on the park, as well as further afield on a national level.

Its backing of the Yorkshire Energy Park comes after Hull College Group, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the country, also announced its support for the plans, stating the development will create new partnerships and open up exciting opportunities for students and local people.

They join a number of multi-national and national brand names who have already announced their support for the plans, including E.ON, Asanti, Dell, SSE, BYD and Legal & General, as well as the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region’s biggest business body.

This is in addition to backing from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the region’s biggest business body, Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leader Stephen Parnaby, and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

In a letter of support submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Archie MacPherson, CEO of WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said: “Further to our previous support for this project, we have read with interest the recent positive press and cross-party political support for the £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park.

“Energy innovation is a major area of growth, not just for WMG, but for industry globally. The Energy Innovation Centre at WMG is a national facility for battery research across the research and development process.

“WMG is also a lead partner in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, a major national initiative with Coventry City Council and Coventry and Warwickshire local Enterprise Partnership, opening in 2020. Our ambitions around energy systems fit well with developments at the Yorkshire Energy Park.

“WMG, at the University of Warwick, is pleased to be collaborating the Yorkshire Energy Park partners and other educational establishments on a number of leading edge technology initiatives, which will be crucial to the future success of a post-Brexit UK.

“These currently include the smart battery storage technology, personal e-transport solutions, and the proposed National Energy and Digital Technology College to be located on the park.

“The college will bring together leading organisations to develop a continuum of training that is required to meet the skills needs of the occupiers on the park, and key growth sectors nationally.

“We understand that the Yorkshire Energy Park is in the process of engaging with UK Government to identify the most appropriate ways to support the project as a national inward investment initiative. WMG would be pleased to play a part in those discussions.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park is being proposed by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2017.

The team behind the proposed development has worked in partnership with statutory agencies for three years to bring about this flagship project, putting the Humber region on the map, including more than 1,000 hours of public engagement to ensure the scheme has been developed with the community.

The fundamental reason for this site is the presence of a connection to the National Grid and it can offer clean, reliable energy at significantly less cost than the market for on-site users. Energy can also be sold back to the grid.

It is the only site on the north bank of the Humber where this grid connection exists with sufficient capacity for the import and export of energy, and where there is a piped natural gas fuel supply already on site.

WMG was founded by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing and it has grown into an international role model for how universities and business can successfully work together.

Since then, it has gone from strength-to-strength, with 13 centres and institutes, and is now building  new research centres which will contribute to the future of UK manufacturing and engineering. WMG’s current major capital projects include a National Automotive Innovation Centre, Materials Engineering Centre, a new building to accommodate its Special Vehicle Projects Team, and a new Degree Apprentice Centre.

Yorkshire Energy Park Chairman Chris Turner said: “WMG’s support for the Yorkshire Energy Park and its desire to be based on the site is a major positive and will open up significant research, training and development opportunities.

“One of its fundamental aims is to champion and support young engineers, scientists and technologists, while researching, developing, advising, training and collaborating with businesses and organisations across the world.

“We have a real opportunity here for the Yorkshire Energy Park to become a key site in these areas, which can only be positive for generations to come. It’s fantastic to have WMG’s support.”

Alan Johnson says time is right for green light for £200m Yorkshire Energy Park

Former city MP Alan Johnson has put his weight behind plans for a £200m energy park between Hull and Hedon.

He says the represented the “next big step” for the region in its ambition to promote the Humber as the UK’s energy estuary.

Earmarked for land at the former Hedon aerodrome between Hull Road and Staithes Road, the project includes plans for a new energy centre, data storage centre, hi-tech research units, an education and training campus, business premises and new-look community sports faciilities.

A consortium behind the scheme says it has the capacity to create up to 4,480 new jobs.

The former Hull West and Hessle MP said: “What people need to realise is that this development is even bigger than Siemens coming to Hull.

“Siemens was never meant to be the end of the story, it was always going to be just the beginning and the Yorkshire Energy Park is the next big step in that story.”

Mr Johnson now chairs Hull-based public private partnership CityCare, which recently built the new £9m Jean Bishop integrated health care centre in east Hull.

With international energy giant E.ON supporting the development, Mr Johnson said it was important a decision was made soon.

“I know E.ON have been onboard with this pretty much from the start but they are a big company and if another similar development opportunity came along somewhere else in Europe they would have to consider it.

“That’s why it’s so crucial to get the timing right on this.

“The site has been identified because of the good access to the National Grid and the the fact a gas pipeline goes right underneath it. There’s nowhere like it in the region.

“We have the prospect of some cutting-edge energy technology coming here and with the world becoming more electrified in terms of energy use, things like battery storage research and development are going to be what is needed in the future.

“Here is a site with access to the grid where energy-intensive companies can look at paying something like 20 per cent below the market rate because of its connectivity.

“That is a big attraction for these type of firms.”

Local traders welcome increased footfall from Yorkshire Energy Park development

Local traders are backing a proposal to invest in the Humber region, creating thousands of jobs in the area and increasing foot traffic to their town.

Hedon Traders Association is offering their full support to the Yorkshire Energy Park development, which they believe will increase footfall in the town and help local businesses, new and old, blossom and grow.

If planning permission is granted, 4,480 jobs will be created from the development, including indirect jobs as a result of new business startups and the positive impact on local businesses.

Andy Shimmon, who owns Calceus, a shoe repair and key cutting shop in St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, and chairs Hedon Traders Association said: “I see the Yorkshire Energy Park as a lifeline for Hedon.

“The high street is always changing, as everybody knows, and I feel the extra footfall this will hopefully generate will help us all in the long term.

“I think it’s great for future generations and I don’t see a bad part of it.

“It will generate new jobs, it’s an educational site, it’s not a factory bellowing out smoke, and the sports facilities will be second to none.

“But the main thing for me is the increase we will hopefully see in footfall. I’m not naïve enough to think it’s going to be a cure to the problem we have in Hedon. But I think it will help towards it.

“My dad started this shop 40 years ago and a lot of businesses have been here for the same amount of time. We don’t have a massive turnaround of shops. If we can get just 50 extra people into the town per week, I would be happy with that.

“If you stand still in retail, you die. You have to move with the times.”

Figures from the town centre survey, carried out as part of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Town Centres and Retail Study reveal that in the last ten years the commercial profile of the town has changed significantly, with the number of retail outlets dropping from 52% in May 2008 to 39% in October 2018. Whilst there has been an increase in service and comparisons stores, overall vacant units have increased.

In addition, some of the buildings that had previously driven shoppers to the town, including the Post Office and HSBC Bank, have since left their buildings vacant and there is a feeling there are less people coming into the town.

Neil Jowsey, co-owner of Hedon Carpets & Beds in Market Place, Hedon, said: “From a retail perspective, figures are down in Hedon. We have lost so much because of the negative impact of losing the Post Office and HSBC bank.

“If any additional properties or people come into the area, everyone is going to benefit from that. It could mean regeneration of this area. We all need each other and we are all in this together. We want to see shops full of diverse trades.”

Claire Cheesman, owner of Occasions of Hedon in Market Place, said: “The loss of key businesses locally has had an impact in recent years. Hedon used to be thriving.

“I hope the energy park can bring jobs to Hedon and people can shop locally at lunch times, spend the weekends here and see what Hedon has to offer.

“The Yorkshire Energy Park looks very promising.”

Hedon-born Jayne Hampshire, owner of Nutmegs Café, has been based in Market Place for 11 years but in business in the local area for a total of 32 years.

She said: “We need the Yorkshire Energy Park. I think it will be good for the area, bring jobs, bring people and give the area a lift.

“My business is social, so it is a little bit different. But we have noticed a decline of people in recent years, especially since the bank and Post Office went.

“The atmosphere and buzz has been knocked out of the town, and we want that back.

“Hopefully people will visit us and it will be positive for the local area. I am absolutely in support of the plans.”

Rob Munro, owner of Hedon Media in St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, has noticed the quiet spells in the town and is excited for the boost that Yorkshire Energy Park will give local trade.

He said: “The Yorkshire Energy Park is a good thing, especially for traders.

“It seems pretty good in the way it’s going to be laid out and the new sports facilities look great.

“It’s not just great for Hedon, it’s great for the wider area and its future.

“I hope it will bring footfall to the area because Hedon is very quiet at the moment.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a potential new development located on the former Hedon Aerodrome site on the outskirts of Hull, within the village of Preston South, to the west of Hedon.

The proposals include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite, space for established and start-up businesses and SME growth, a National Centre of Excellence for education, training and research alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and new sports facilities for the community.

Due to the uniqueness of Yorkshire Energy Park, a number of multi-national and national brand names have already announced their support for the plans, including E.ON, Asanti, Dell, SSE, BYD and Legal & General and the recently announced Hull College Group.

The scheme is being brought forward by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group.

The development team has carried out over 1,000 hours of public engagement to ensure the plans have been developed with the community.

Yorkshire Energy Park’s Project Director, Claire Harrison, welcomed feedback from traders:

“As part of our ongoing consultation programme we recently met with local traders and we welcomed the positive feedback on the plans to date.

“We’ll be keen to keep an open dialogue should the scheme be given the go ahead, to ensure we follow up on their suggestions presented to date.

Maximising the economic benefit locally is a big driver for us. We’ll look local first for our supply chain and have set a target of 80% local labour throughout the construction period.”

An outline planning application was submitted in May 2017, with a decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee expected shortly.