Humber Port logistics park all clear
By: Chris Taylor
01 April 2011
A new port in the Humber is expected to boost logistics recruitment to the tune of 5,000 new jobs when formal approval is granted "in the near future".
Approval is like to be granted, as the communities and local government secretary, Eric Pickles, has not intervened in North Lincolnshire Council's decision to approve the £100m development.
According to BBC News, the scheme will see transport depots, warehousing, offices and business parks, and external storage facilities created at the North Lincolnshire port.
It forms the first stage of a wider planning proposal; which could also see a Marine Energy Park created on the south bank of the Humber. The energy park will manufacture and maintain offshore wind turbines, This Is Grimsby reported.
Neil Etherington, Able UK's Group development director (and the man behind the plans) expressed his delight that Pickles had no issue with phase one of the Humber Port strategy.
He said: "Now that the government has referred the matter back to the authority, we are very hopeful that formal approval will be given in the near future and that we can begin work on the project later this year."
Etherington also spoke of the enormous potential of the site, which covers almost 2,000 acres and has a two-and-a-half-mile river frontage - making it the largest port development in Europe.
Local MP Martin Vickers welcomed the government's decision to leave local authorities to make their own decisions; cutting red tape in the process. "It's excellent news," he commented.
"It's something that I and my colleagues have been lobbying the minister about for many months. The sooner Able UK is in a position to get moving the better for jobs and the area generally."
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