The plans for the Green Port Hull facility would see the demolition of existing buildings at Alexandra Dock and the development of a factory, office and amenity facilities including a helicopter landing site, along with areas for the storage, handling, assembly and testing of wind turbine components.
The application was approved with a number of conditions, which Siemens and ABP will now work through, and the plans also have to go before the Secretary of State for approval.
“[The] decision to approve the development of Green Port Hull takes us a very big step forward towards delivering this game changing project,” says Matt Jukes, ABP port director. “[But] this is just one hurdle of several we still have ahead of us, albeit a very significant one.”
Siemens and ABP and also still working on a commercial agreement between the two, which they expect to finalise later in the year.
“We continue to work with ABP to agree the commercial terms for the site and look forward to driving the remainder of the outstanding actions and continue to make good progress in the delivery timeline,” commented Siemens project manager Dan McGrail.
The partners hope to complete the development by 2014 in time to capitalise on the Crown Estate’s Round 3 programme of offshore wind development.
Siemens is ploughing £80 million in the project, with ABP making up the remainder, and expects the facility to create around 800 jobs.
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