Green light for major East Riding employment hub

Sterling Capital and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), advised by Indigo Planning, have been given the go ahead for a large-scale employment and distribution hub in Goole. The planning consent could create up to 3,000 new jobs.

The proposed development comprises two elements: Goole36 – a total of 39 ha (96.4 acres) across a larger area of the overall site, promoted by the HCA for direct development, and Capitol Park – 13 ha (32 acres) controlled by Sterling Capitol and offering design and build development opportunities, close to the existing Tesco Regional Distribution Centre, Drax biomass facility and the Guardian Glass factory.

Together, Goole 36 and Capitol Park will include a mix of employment uses, leisure facilities and car showrooms – a total of 199,698 square metres – plus a 100 bed hotel. The site has direct access to junction 36 of the M62 and the Port of Goole, and sits within the Humber Enterprise Zone with potential for a dedicated rail link.

The decision follows an initial outline application for the site in 2008, which was deferred. Since then, the HCA has replaced the previous development partner, Yorkshire Forward, funding Phase 2 of the spine road, which completes the link from junction 36 of the M62, which runs through the site, to the Port of Goole.

Nick Fillingham, associate director at Indigo Planning, said: “Goole 36 and Capitol Park now represent a major opportunity in the East Riding area, offering significant potential for employment and distribution development on a strategic site close to the M62 and the ports at Goole, Grimsby, Immingham and Hull. Their location within the country’s largest Enterprise Zone is a clear signal of the growth opportunities they represent and the creation of over 3,000 new jobs will provide a significant boost to the local economy.”