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Officials back £100m south bank logistics scheme

By: Chris Taylor
20 June 2011

Officials have given a nod, in principle, to a £100 million logistics development on the River Humber's south bank.

If approved, the move could lead to 5,000 roles being created; with logistics companies jobs potentially arising as a result.

However, reports that Able UK's plans to create the multi-million pound marine energy park at North Killingholme now ride on the shoulders of environmentalists.

Throughout the application process, negotiations have been carried out with Natural England, RSPB, Environmental Agency, English Heritage and other bodies in an effort to iron out site issues. The main concerns of the RSPB and other environmental groups concern the impact the development could have on local bird populations.

Councillors from the North Lincolnshire Council planning committee will make a final decision on the proposal later this week.

A report prepared for the committee meeting explained how councillors also had to ask for the permission of central government for its input on the scheme.

A statement on reads: "In October last year, the planning application was considered by the planning committee and it was resolved to advise the secretary of state that North Lincolnshire Council was mindful to grant permission for this development.

"At the end of March this year, the secretary of state, through the department of communities and local government, advised the council that they were in order to make the decision and the application was not being called in for an inquiry."

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