Green light given to Siemens for revised Green Port Hull plans


Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Councillors have unanimously approved planning permission for the Siemens Green Port Hull development.

The revised plans for the £310m project at Alexandra Dock include the rotor blade factory, which was originally earmarked for land near Paull in the East Riding.

Project Director Finbarr Dowling told KCFM what this decision will allow them to do:

“Today is a memorable day for us, because we now have permission to start the construction above ground,

“We can now start the construction of two of the main buildings. One is the factory, which will be a 40,000sqm factory making blades. The second will be a 12,000sqm building that will house our warehousing and equipment management.

“We would like to thank members of the planning committee, and Hull City Council generally, for their support. The planning process has been very professionally managed, with excell ent and proactive engagement between Siemens, ABP, the local authority and a wide range of statutory consultees and interested parties.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the tremendous backing we have received from the local community, which reflects the highly supportive environment we have experienced in Hull since announcing our investment proposals.”

The site will employ 1000 people, with the potential for thousands more jobs to be created in the supply chain.

Council leader Stephen Brady predicts today will be a turning point for the city:

“This is one of several milestones that takes the city a step further towards the delivery of the project and today’s approval is a fine example of how teams across the Green Port Hull project are working collaboratively to bring this scheme to fruition.

“Early engagement with key statutory agencies since the start of this project has led to close working relationships, further strengthened since the approval of the Local Development Order alongside the Humber LEP. This approach has enabled swift and positive responses from all key consultees to the applications determined today, demonstrating the planning system’s ability to deliver a major manufacturing element of a new industrial sector to the city in good time.

“We would like to thank Siemens and Associated British Ports in their continued commitment towards developing manufacturing, assembly, load-out and servicing facilities for offshore wind turbines.”

“It’s the culmination of four years of hard work for a lot of people.

“In five years time, I make this prediction: we will look upon this time as the great change in the city, the kind that people haven’t seen in the last 50 years.”

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Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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