Plans lodged for offshore wind base on Humberside

Proposals to develop an offshore wind farm manufacturing and export base in Hull's docklands have been submitted to the city council.

Applicants Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) are seeking listed building consent to demolish existing buildings at Alexandra Dock and planning permission for a factory, an office, a helicopter landing site and areas for storage, handling, assembly and testing of wind turbine components.

Public consultation on the Green Port Hull plans is scheduled for next month. The developers’ timetable envisages that planning permission will be secured in the middle part of 2012, with construction work taking until 2014 to complete.

Siemens project manager Dan McGrail said: "We are very pleased that another significant milestone in the project has been achieved, and we look forward to discussing our plans further with the local community."

The developers are also seeking approval for a variation of conditions on a 2006 harbour revision order to allow them to reclaim part of the Humber foreshore for a 600-metre-long quay. This element of the project will need to be considered by the government’s Marine Management Organisation.

The developers expect the scheme to create around 700 jobs. ABP port director for Hull and Goole Matt Jukes said the scheme represents a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hull and the region to take the leading role in the UK’s green energy revolution".

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