Associated British Ports (ABP) has been granted outline planning permission to develop 4.25 million square feet of land at the Port of Hull.

The development includes the construction of industrial, manufacturing and logistics facilities. An element of “flexible space” is also included for retail, business, hotel, assembly, and leisure and other ancillary uses.

Part of the site could also be used for a park-and-ride, as well as a potential rail link to the port.

The 453 acres of prime land includes 212 acres located within the East Hull Humber Freeport tax assisted zone, which offers significant tax incentives for inward investors.

ABP’s regional director for the Humber, Simon Bird, said: “The Humber International Enterprise Park (HIEP) is one of the premier development sites in the North of England. It’s an exciting opportunity and great to have planning permission so that HIEP can now get up and running.

“The site offers huge potential to support business growth. Port-centric manufacturers and distributors would have easy access to import and export commodities while benefitting from the Humber Freeport status.”

The site is part of a tranche of more than 1,000 acres of development land across 14 locations, which ABP has launched to support the UK’s supply chain, manufacturing and renewable-energy sectors.

The council’s planning committee voted in favour of the scheme at a meeting last year and the decision to approve has now been issued.

CBRE and Savills are advising ABP on development opportunities at HIEP. The planning application was also supported by a project team that included The Harris Partnership, Montagu Evans, Systra, Aecom and Considine.

Full planning permission has also been granted for a road that would link with the A1033.

Councillors voted five-to-one in favour of approval despite receiving 800 letters objecting to the scheme.

The planning officer’s official report noted that the scheme could cause potential “adverse effects on the living conditions” of nearby residents, but concluded that the “reasoning for allowing this application has been clearly and convincingly justified, and the substantial public benefits established”.

ABP leads the coalition that was successful in securing UK Freeport status for the Humber. The region was named as one of eight locations to successfully bid for Freeport status in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2021 Budget.

ABP’s Humber ports complex forms the UK’s busiest trading gateway. The four ports of Immingham, Grimsby, Goole and Hull handle more than 58 million tonnes of cargo between them each year worth approximately £75bn. Across the Humber, the ports support 34,900 jobs and contribute £2.5bn to the UK economy.

Last week, ABP announced the winners of its £414m design and build framework for ports.

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