Up to 3,000 new jobs could be created as planners have given the go-ahead for a new, large-scale employment and distribution hub in Goole.
Developers Sterling Capitol and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), advised by Indigo Planning, have been given unanimous approval by the East Riding of Yorkshire planning committee for the 2.14 million sq ft proposals. The planned development comprises two elements:
Goole36 – a total of 96.4 acres across a larger area of the overall site, promoted by the HCA for direct development.
Capitol Park – 32 acres controlled by Sterling Capitol, featuring design and build development opportunities, close to the existing Tesco Regional Distribution Centre, Drax biomass facility and the Guardian Glass factory.
Together, Goole36 and Capitol Park will include a mix of employment, leisure facilities and car showrooms, plus a 100-bed hotel and a potential, dedicated rail link. The planning decision follows an initial outline application and full environmental impact assessment for the site in 2008, which was deferred. Since then, the HCA has replaced the previous development partner, Yorkshire Forward, funding the completion of Phase 2 of the spine road, running from junction 36 of the M62, through the site, to the Port of Goole.
Mike Heydecke, on behalf of Sterling Capitol, said: ‘This is a significant development for us, underlining our commitment to Capitol Park Goole. These exciting plans will create much-needed business space and jobs in the Goole area. As a company, we are extremely proud of what we have achieved in Yorkshire. Job creation is at the heart of our plans. Premier business locations like Capitol Park, Goole remain popular in a testing economic climate.”
Nick Fillingham, Associate Director at Indigo Planning, said: “Goole36 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.”
The planning committee unanimously approved the proposals and permission was granted in principle, deferred pending an acceptable flood risk assessment.