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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.”

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