Delay fears raised over marine park plan

Artist's impression of Green Port, Hull.
Artist's impression of Green Port, Hull.
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PLANS for the biggest offshore wind manufacturing facility in Europe face further delay while peers and MPs examine objections from rival Associated British Ports.

Able, the group behind the £440m plans for the marine energy park at North Killingholme, said any changes would deal their scheme “a potentially disastrous blow.”

It follows a decision that petitions lodged by ABP must be considered by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament, a process, Able said, was “certain to take many months.”

In December, after repeated delays, the Government finally approved the plans, which includes the small triangular piece of ABP land, representing about one seventh of the water frontage earmarked for development by Able.

ABP, however, stated it wanted to use the land for a deepwater jetty and objected.

A compromise which includes shortening Able’s quay by 280m, but would still leave them with the longest quay anywhere on the Humber at 1km in length, according to ABP, which made the offer, has been rejected by Able.

Able founder Peter Stephenson said: “The alleged ‘compromise’ that ABP has put forward is that we should make a major reduction in the length of the quay at AMEP to avoid including the now infamous ‘Killingholme triangle’ which the Government has given us the go-ahead to acquire and that it is needed for the development.

“ABP know full well that this simply isn’t feasible and I do not want anybody to misunderstand the serious nature of the situation. If they succeed then quite simply AMEP will not happen.”

However ABP welcomed the decision and the committee’s view that both parties should reach a compromise.

A company statement said: “It is undoubtedly a positive step forward and can now pave the way for a compromise to be agreed that will successfully deliver both AMEP and ABP’s Immingham Western Deepwater Jetty without further delay.

“ABP’s compromise proposal will not threaten any of the jobs Able UK hopes to create.”

The statement continued: “Developing both projects will deliver the best result for the Humber economy.”