Could this be the next huge development site in Hull?
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2018
Could this be the next big development site in Hull?
Covering 30 acres, the former British Gas site off Clough Road is the largest single parcel of spare land zoned for employment outside of the city's docks.
Now council officials are looking at ways of making the largely redundant site "oven ready" for new development.
They believe it could benefit from Hull securing a multi-million pound City Deal from the government to help unlock derelict sites for new uses and investment.
Part of the Clough Road site outlined in red is currently up for sale
Guildhall leaders were in London yesterday pitching their proposals to Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry.
Among them is a £45m Tech Corridor along the River Hull, involving the assembly of old industrial land for new development. They say such a scheme could create 90 new businesses along with 250 new jobs.
Alongside this, there are also proposals for a new industry-led £22m research centre aimed at promoting digital-based manufacturing.
A report about the Clough Road site due to be discussed by councillors today says it has recently started to attract interest after part of it was put up for sale.
However, it also suggests the removal of disused pipelines and storage tanks, together with the clearance of remaining contaminated land, could take up to three years to compete.
One of the gas holders on the site in Clough Road
Report author Malcolm Relph is the council's city economy manager. He said: "Although there has been slow progress on some sites, particularly those with harder to resolve issues, the city is now experiencing stronger demand coupled with a general shortage of oven ready sites and premises.
"Supply constraints and increasing demand is resulting in an improving situation in terms of previously underutilised or redundant sites beginning to see more interest and activity."
Both the National Grid and Northern Gas Networks own land at the Clough Road site following the break-up of the energy market.
The freehold of a 4.5 acre cleared parcel of land fronting Clough Road is up for sale. Mr Relph said: "Part of the site is currently being marketed and we are aware that developers have expressed an interest."
His report also highlights the former Ameron Coatings paint factory in Bankside as another potential site for new development.
He said: "The council will continue to proactively work with landowners andagents to bring forward underutilised sites and premises. Progress being made on a number of fronts."
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