Peter Aarosin, chair of the Bondholders marketing organisation which promotes Hull and the Humber, said the granting of detailed planning permission for the Green Port Hull wind turbine manufacturing plant and imminent start to construction sent a positive signal to further investors.
Hull City Council’s planning committee gave consent to detailed plans submitted in June by Associated British Ports (ABP) and Siemens for the wind turbine construction and assembly facility at Hull’s Alexandra Dock.
Siemens and ABP said the approval would enable construction to commence later this year.
Mr Aarosin said:
“It is encouraging to see this hugely important development make such smooth progress through the planning process.
“The rapid transition of these plans from submission to approval and the backing of the planning committee reflect exactly the kind of highly-supportive environment investors appreciate and which can be highly influential in the process of site selection.
“This sends a very positive signal to other potential investors that Hull and the wider Humber region are open for business and investor-friendly.
“The commitment by Siemens and ABP to begin construction by the end of 2014 will also encourage further potential investors in the offshore wind sector, and its extensive supply chain, to move forward with their own plans.
“We can expect the ripple effect of investment to gather rapid momentum, ultimately bringing thousands of new jobs to the region.”
Just one example of the supply chain impact is an announcement by multi-disciplinary services provider Waldeck, a Bondholders member company, that it is recruiting 60 additional energy and infrastructure roles across the UK, including 15 at The Deep Business Centre in Hull.
Waldeck is working on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, including the Green Port Hull development.