23 July 2024

Thousands of jobs to be created at multimillion-pound Yorkshire Energy Park

Hull City Council’s cabinet has given the green light for a multimillion-pound scheme at the former Hedon Aerodrome, which is expected to create thousands of jobs.

The land, now known as Yorkshire Energy Park, is allocated as part of the Humber Freeport to the east of Hull.

Cabinet’s decision means that implementation of the £200 million scheme can go ahead which will act as a catalyst for the Humber “Energy Estuary” provision and green energy storage.

The city council previously established an agreement for the land to support its future development, with up to one million square feet of business space, green technology education and sports facilities proposed.

The revised scheme will help to deliver renewable energy, battery storage and state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, as well as space to facilitate research and development in sustainable energy.

This is expected to create about 4,500 jobs, both on and off site as part of the construction phase, for which a target of 80 per cent would be recruited through local employment, bringing a wider impact on the economy.

The commercial arrangements will increase the level of financial benefits to the council in terms of capital receipts and long-term revenue income share.

It will also support the progression of a successful £22 million bid to the Green Heat Network Fund for the city’s second district heating scheme which will make use of waste heat from Saltend Chemicals Park.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “This decision will provide significant opportunities at the Yorkshire Energy Park.

“It will help cement Hull’s status as a leader in renewable energy, whilst also creating large-scale local job opportunities in the area.”

The site falls outside of Hull’s administrative boundary, but public engagement with residents of Hedon was conducted, as well as with sports clubs and statutory service providers and bodies.

The project also involves the relocation and enhancement of the sports facilities in the area, with hundreds currently using the pitches during football and rugby seasons.