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Yorkshire Energy Park developers announce new planning application

Developers behind the proposed £200m Yorkshire Energy Park have announced their intention to submit a new planning application for an Energy and Data Campus in the New Year.

Last week, it was revealed that, due to additional surveys required to assess wildlife conditions, the Yorkshire Energy Park scheme would not be heard by East Riding of Yorkshire Council Planning Committee until spring 2019.

In the most recent update from developers, they have confirmed in order to meet timescales for the energy and data elements of the development, a plan to submit an additional, separate and stand-alone planning application for the top left hand corner of the site is currently being prepared.

Claire Harrison, Project Director of Yorkshire Energy Park said:

“As we shared last week, we’re currently carrying out a number of surveys to assess the condition of areas that’ll be protected and enhanced for wildlife as part of the Yorkshire Energy Park masterplan.

“Due to the seasonality of these surveys and the need for all parties involved to assess the results, we don’t anticipate the scheme being heard by East Riding of Yorkshire Council Planning Committee before spring 2019.

“Whilst we continue to work on the determination of the main application, the Staithes Road Energy and Data Campus will be progressed as a stand-alone deliverable scheme with committed occupiers in E.ON and Asanti Data Centres. In order to meet their timescales for occupation and to capture this significant investment for our region, we need to submit this separate and stand-alone planning application for the top left hand corner of the site.”

The new application, Staithes Road Energy and Data Campus will only include the energy centre and data centre buildings from the wider Yorkshire Energy Park masterplan, along with a primary substation. The proposals are also expected to retain an ecological area for protected species that currently settle on the former Hedon Aerodrome site.

Ms Harrison continued:

“The detail of the new application is still in development, but as always we’re keen to keep an open dialogue with the public. We’re planning to hold a series of public consultation events in the New Year, in advance of submitting the new planning application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.”

Whilst the new planning application does not include the sports facilities, the developers say they are fully committed to supporting Eastside Sports Trust.

Ms Harrison said:

“The new application will not include the area where Eastside Sports Trust are currently based, but we’re still committed to working with the clubs to ensure their long term sustainability. We’ll be working with trustees and clubs on revised interim proposals.”

The wider Yorkshire Energy Park development has attracted support from national and international brand names, due to the uniqueness of lower than market rate energy that can be produced on the site. Alongside E.ON and Asanti Data Centres, companies including Dell, SSE, BYD, Legal and General, Hull College Group and European electric motorcycle and scooter consortium Eco Motion have all publicly announced their intention to be part of the flagship project for the Humber that could potential bring 4480 jobs to the region.

Ms Harrison said:

“Given the economic benefits for our region and the multi-national and national brand names that intend to be part of Yorkshire Energy Park, we are still committed to working with both local authorities and the statutory agencies to secure the maximum benefit of this development for our area.”

‘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, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and 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, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and 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 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, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and 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, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and 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.

Hull College announces partnership with Yorkshire Energy Park

One of the largest further and higher education colleges in the country has announced its support for the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park.

Hull College Group offers over 1,000 courses to more than 26,000 students every year from its colleges in Hull, Goole and Harrogate and says the proposed scheme, which will create up to 4,480 jobs, will create new partnerships and open up exciting opportunities for students and local people.

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.

It 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, with a decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee expected in the coming weeks.

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, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation, an outdoor building materials and testing facility, and 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.

Now, Michelle Swithenbank, Chief Executive and Principal of Hull College Group, said the education and vocational opportunities the energy park could offer will open up a whole new world of prospects.

She said: “We recognise the importance of the energy sector in our region and already work closely with employers in this area to ensure our students get the skills they need to find the jobs that they want.

“We are very proud of our ability to tailor what we deliver according to local demand and Yorkshire Energy Park has the potential for us to develop further partnerships which could lead to new learning opportunities and long-term employment for our young people.

“We are also delighted to be the first college group to support the park alongside big names such as E.ON, Dell and Legal and General who are also backing this development, which we believe will open new doors for our students.”

The team behind the Yorkshire Energy Park 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.

The region’s biggest business body, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has also backed the plans, with Chairman Lord Haskins announcing it has the organisation’s “full support”.

Now, as Hull College announces its support and looking ahead to the future, education is also one of the key points at the heart of the proposed development.

Chris Turner, Yorkshire Energy Park Chairman, said: “It’s fantastic to have Hull College Group’s backing for the Yorkshire Energy Park plans and we are thoroughly looking forward to working in partnership with them.

“They join a whole host of other major brand names in committing their valued support, which is crucial to the region and the positioning the Humber as the UK’s Energy Estuary.

“Education and creating opportunities for local people is an integral part of this development and it’s brilliant that Hull College Group is so keen to play such a significant role.”

Ethan Meade, 19, who has recently completed a BTEC in IT and is currently on the lookout for a graduate opportunity said:

“I’ve had to search a really big area that might mean moving away from home to find a job. Schemes like this create graduate opportunities with companies so people like me can get on the career ladder without having to leave the region.

Hull and East Riding council leaders reveal where they stand on £200m Yorkshire Energy Park plans

Plans for a new £200m energy park between Hull and Hedon have been welcomed by the region’s two council leaders.

A final decision of the scheme earmarked for a site off Hull Road and Staithes Road rests with East Riding Council’s planning committee.

Councillors on the committee are expected to give their verdict in the next few weeks.

But in a joint statement, East Riding Council leader Councillor Steve Parnaby and his Hull counterpart Councillor Steve Brady said the scheme fitted with wider strategic aims to boost employment in the region.

They said: “Major investment and sustainable jobs are always good news for residents and businesses.

“We are delighted that international companies are committing themselves to our region and they recognise our ambitious plans for the Humber as the UK’s Energy Estuary.

“We are particularly interested in learning more about the wider added value they can collectively bring to the area.

“We are aware that the Yorkshire Energy Park proposals are very complex and that the applicant continues to work with the planning authority and statutory agencies in an attempt to resolve some outstanding matters.

“As with all applications the planning process will take its course and consider all the relevant issues.”

Although the site is in the East Riding, the land is actually owned by the city council so both authorities have a keen interest in the outcome of the planning process.

Their comments come after Humber Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Lord Haskins gave his backing to the scheme earlier this week.

If given the go-ahead, the park will include an energy generation centre, a data storage centre, an education and training campus and new-look community sports facilities.

Big name companies including E.ON, Legal & General, SSE Utilities, Dell, Asanti and BYD, are all supporting the planning application submitted by a consortium of companies behind the development.

Meanwhile, a community information hub offering an insight into the scheme is now up and running in the Sirius Business Centre in St Augustine’s Gate in Hedon.

Project director Rob Cawkwell said: “We have held three rounds of public consultation over the last two years, Feedback from the community has helped shape those plans and we are keen to continue that dialogue.

“We also want to highlight the huge benefits this scheme will bring to our region, from new business start-ups to apprenticeships and training.

“We would urge anybody with any questions, or those who would just like to learn a bit more about the energy park, to come and pay our team a visit.”

The hub is open weekdays, from 9am to 4.30pm until October 26.

Yorkshire Energy Park launches weekday Q&A at Hedon Community Information Hub

The consortium behind a £200m proposed development has announced they will launch an information hub in the heart of the community.

Members of the Yorkshire Energy Park development team will set up shop at Hedon’s Sirius Business Centre this week to allow them to meet with local residents and businesses.

The Community Information Hub, which will operate from 9am until 4.30pm on weekdays between, Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018, will offer local people an insight into how the scheme has evolved since the last round of public consultation events and help answer any questions that they might have about the development.

Situated in the heart of the UK’s growing Energy Estuary, the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park scheme is located within the boundary of Preston South village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The development runs parallel with Hull Road on the main approach to Hedon. To the north, it is bordered by Staithes Road and part of it is known locally as the site of the old aerodrome.

If granted planning permission, the scheme 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 4,480 jobs within one million square foot of new development, that will include manufacturing, storage and ancillary office space.

The occupiers will benefit from best value and resilient energy solutions and data infrastructure, 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, investment in the highway and flood infrastructure for the area and a series of footpath and cycle way improvements.

Market leading national and international names including E.On, Asanti Data Centres, Dell, SSE Utilities, BYD and Legal and General have already announced their support for the scheme.

Aside from the unique business offer, the proposals include much needed major improvements to local community sports facilities which have been met with great enthusiasm by the Eastside Community Sports Trust.

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.

Rob Cawkwell, Project Director, said: “We’ve held three rounds of public consultation over the past two years. Feedback from the community has helped to shape these plans and we’re keen to continue that dialogue.

“We also want to highlight the huge benefits this scheme will offer our region, from new business startup opportunities, to apprenticeships and training.

“We’d urge anybody with any questions, or those who would just like to learn a bit more about Yorkshire Energy Park, to come and pay our team a visit this week.”

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

 

What is Yorkshire Energy Park?

If planning permission is granted, Yorkshire Energy Park will be developed in a beautifully landscaped, low density and high quality setting incorporating:

  • An energy centre and primary substation, providing up to 10Mw of on-site energy and up to 39Mw of off-site energy
  • 600 rack data centre (tier 3), and disaster recovery suite
  • A mixture of space for businesses, including incubator space for startup businesses
  • Education, training and research facilities and associated on site, short stay accommodation
  • An outdoor building materials and testing facility
  • Sports facilities for the community

 

The YEP community hub

Running Tuesday 16th October – Friday 26th October, will be based at:

Sirius Business Centre, 8 Augustines Gate, Hedon, HU12 8EX

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.