THE ECO PARK plan mooted for the Hedon Aerodrome site has taken another step forward according to the Hull Mail yesterday (HDM, 29th May 2014). However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of this from other sources.
In July 2013 Hull City Council awarded sole-negotiating rights on the land to Chester-based Lateral Power who wish to build a biomass power plant, supplying power to an eco-park consisting of a fish-farm, agriculture units and a data storage facility.
Copies of early conceptual plans seen by ex-Hedon Town Councillor Jim Lindop and by some others in the district’s sporting fraternity, revealed an ambition that was much broader in scope than originally imagined; utilising a great deal more land than just the Aerodrome site, incorporating a swathe of land from Staithes Road in the west to as far east as Fairfax Drive in Hedon.
A component part of the concept would involve the Eastside Sports Centre being demolished to make way for the development. A new sports ground would be built in the north-eastern part of the site. Agents acting on behalf of Lateral Power would obviously be very keen to recruit the support of local sports groups representatives for the development. A pledge to improve local sporting facilities would be very appealing.
However, no formal consultation on any conceptual plans has taken place. And although the company formed in March 2013 to manage the project , Lateral Eco Parks Hull Ltd, has filed an annual return to Companies House this year and registered a change of address (still in Chester), there is no other evidence of the company’s activity.
The only planning application currently being considered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in relation to the Hedon Aerodrome land is by Kingston Welding who already occupy the area (their address is listed as Airport Garage, Hull Road, Hedon). That application is to erect two new factory units resulting in only a small 206sqm expansion of their current space.
Hull City Council may own the Hedon Aerodrome land but developments there, but they need consent from East Riding Council planners. No planning application from Lateral Power has been submitted.
Additionally, Hull City Council have assured the public via the Hull Mail that there will be timely public consultation on any developments at the Aerodrome site – and while that newspaper says a ‘deal is close to completion’ – there can be no ‘deal’ until the local community has been consulted.
The Hedon Blog – which is widely read in Hedon and district with around 1,000 visitors each week, making an average of 5,000 weekly page views – offers the opportunity to Lateral Power and/or other potential developers to use our web pages to reach local people with ideas and concepts. Early discussion of these must surely be a positive thing for all parties concerned and help scotch unwarranted rumours and concerns from spreading.
The Hull Mail may be a bit premature in suggesting that a deal is near to completion, but the story does now provide an opportunity for interested parties to give a genuine update.