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Marine Energy Park Hopes ‘Must Wait a Little Longer’

A Government Minister has set a new deadline for a decision on plans for the £450million Able Marine Energy Park on the South Bank of the Humber.

The original date for a Government decision on the Able Marine Energy Park was May 24th, but this was then moved forward to July 24th. Now the Transport Under Secretary Norman Baker has decided to set a new deadline of August 28th in order to allow time for further consideration.

Said Able UK Group Development Director Neil Etherington “Of course the whole area is awaiting the decision on this application because it is so important to the ambitions to transform the Humber into a world-class centre for the renewable energy sectors.

“That makes the announcement of a further short delay – in a planning process which has gone on for several years – a little frustrating but the Government has indicated that it is possible a decision could be made before August 28th.

“In the circumstances we—together with all those agencies and organisations who support the project, the many thousands of local people for whom the Energy Park would provide employment, prospective occupiers and contractors —must wait a little longer.”

NOTE FOR EDITORS: The £450million Marine Energy Park–covering 864 acres on the South Bank of the Humber—will provide state-of-the-art quayside facilities purpose-built for the manufacture, assembly and installation of offshore renewable technologies, at Able Humber Port, the largest site available for port-related developments in Europe, covering 2,139 acres with a river frontage of two and a half miles. Able has already invested over £50million in the first stage of its development which is currently used for vehicle import, storage and distribution activities. The company also has approval for the development of a multi-million pound Able Logistics Park which is over 1,229 acres and will include extensive warehousing and external storage areas, offices, a business park and ancillary services.

AMEP is at the centre of the largest Enterprise Zone in the UK. As well as attracting around 4,000 local jobs directly, it will be the catalyst for creating a cluster of companies, large and small, and establishing the Humber as world-class centre for the renewable energy industries.

For further information please contact Peter Dodson, telephone 07753 910536

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