Agents to promote £200m Yorkshire Energy Park to national and international end users
An artist's impression of the view of the Yorkshire Energy Park from the south west; David Garness, of Garness Jones
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Jul 2017
Two commercial property agents have been appointed to secure additional national and international end users at the proposed £200m Yorkshire Energy Park, with the aim of generating a multi-million pound investment boost for the region’s economy.
National real estate advisers GVA and Hull-based Garness Jones will promote the location to companies that could potentially set up home on part of the former Hedon aerodrome site, at Saltend.
The scheme has the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs and a number of companies, including global energy supplier E.ON, IBM, Vodafone, and local education provider Hull College, have already pledged their support for the energy park plans.
David Garness, managing director at Garness Jones, 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.
“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.”
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Hull-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.
It aims to bring together low-carbon energy generation and storage, education and training, and energy intensive industries such as information technology and food processing, on one site.
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.”
An outline planning application was submitted for the energy park in May and three rounds of community information events have been held in Preston, Preston South, Hedon, Paull and Thorngumbald.
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 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: “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 benefit from relocation on the site to new and improved accommodation.
In addition, the green buffer zone has been extended by almost 50 per cent and, over the life of the development, the area is protected so it cannot be built on, instead being reserved for birds and wildlife.
Traffic management and flood mitigation have also been taken into account under the plans.
Subject to a successful planning application, work on the Yorkshire Energy Park could begin early next year.