Plans have been submitted for a state-of-the-art global retail logistics facility in East Yorkshire that will create up to 1,500 jobs.
The plans have been submitted by developer Wykeland Group at its Melton West business park. The proposed development is believed to be the biggest single job creation scheme in the Hull and Humber region for decades.
The detailed planning application submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council is for a hi-tech logistics facility with a footprint of 558,000 sq ft that would create 1,300-1,500 direct jobs, with up to a further 500 in the supply chain.
The Melton West site off the A63 west of Hull has been selected by the end user – a logistics operator – from several competing locations across the North of England for the £150 million inward investment.
Pending planning approval, it is anticipated that construction would begin next spring and the facility would be operational in autumn 2022.
“Melton West has been zoned in East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Local Plan for major employment uses since 1996 and we have been delivering on the council’s economic development vision for the past 15 years. During that time we have continually invested in the infrastructure on the site to ensure it is ‘oven ready’ to support sustained business growth and job creation,” said Wykeland Managing Director Dominic Gibbons.
“This proposal delivers on the Local Plan’s designation of the area for ‘major employment developments that use, produce, store or distribute bulky goods, complementing the smaller employment sites elsewhere in the East Riding and city of Hull’.
“Following the impact of Covid-19, the number and range of jobs this development will deliver are needed now, more than ever, and will be critical to the region’s economic recovery.
“The operator will prepare and agree an employment and training plan with the local authority, which will promote recruitment in the local area and outline opportunities for training.”
The proposed global retail logistics facility is planned for a 61-acre site, with over 40% of the area retained as green space.
The planning application also includes comprehensive proposals for the creation of a 50m-wide biodiversity and wildlife corridor, which will enhance and extend the existing 35-acre Long Plantation tree belt, which features a section of the Wolds Way and separates the village of North Ferriby from the development site.
Created in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the proposed nine-acre buffer zone will feature four interlinked acoustic bunds, a new one kilometre footpath with interpretive signage, connecting through to the Wolds Way, and extensive new planting including trees, grasslands and wildflowers.