Able UK Humberside development approved
TEESSIDE-BASED Able UK has been given the green light for a £100m development on Humberside.
The company announced plans for the port-related logistics development on the south bank of the Humber in the summer.
North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has now approved the plans.
Group development director for Able UK, Neil Etherington, said the announcement was “great news for our company which has already made a massive investment in the South Humber Bank - and a massive boost for the efforts to exploit the enormous potential of the area and create new jobs for local people.”
The proposals for land north of Immingham, which is the largest site available for port-related development in the UK, will eventually create around 5,000 jobs and include the creation of transport depots, warehousing and external storage areas, together with offices, a business park and a motel. There will be road and rail links to Immingham Port and the Humber Sea Terminal and a large part of the site will provide landscaping and areas for wildlife and ecology.
It’s now hoped work will begin next spring with the first businesses on site hopefully by 2012.
Earlier this year Able bosses said Teesside would benefit from the trickle down effect of the project.
The company had tried to build a similar facility on the Tees as early as 2002/3. Able UK employs around 450 staff on Teesside.
Mr Etherington added: “We have demonstrated our confidence in the potential of the South Humber through our £50m investment in the existing ‘south’ Able Humber Ports Facility where vehicle specialists GBA currently store vehicles for various manufacturers.
“We expect to invest a further £100m into the development of the ‘north’ facility and the overall investment coming into the area is likely to be the region of £1.5bn, with in the region of 5,000 jobs created by the time the project is completed in 2020.
“We have been developing our interests in the area over the past decade and share the views of Central Government, Yorkshire Forward, North Lincolnshire Council, and the South Humber Gateway Board that development of the South Humber Bank is of national and international importance.
“We have been greatly encouraged by the very positive reception we have received from all of the agencies involved in working to bring jobs and investment to the South Humber and North Lincolnshire area and we hope we can move forward with our plans as quickly as possible.”