Creating an easier atmosphere for the windfarm industry in Grimsby
A STREAMLINED planning system aimed at attracting renewable energy businesses to Grimsby has moved a step closer to fruition.
Councillors yesterday approved a Local Development Order (LDO) for a 3.6 hectare portion of the Enterprise Zone on Grimsby Docks.
The LDO will remove the need to obtain planning permission for specific types of development on the site, meaning that, in effect, outline planning permission would already be in place for business, general industrial and storage and distribution uses.
Energy company E.oN has already secured planning consent to set up an operations and maintenance base for their offshore wind turbine business on the site.
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A number of other offshore wind companies, such as Centrica, Siemens and RES already operate from the docks.
Cabinet voted to submit the LDO to the government. If approved, it could be in place by April or May.
Simplified planning is just one of the incentives provided by Enterprise Zone status, which was granted to the Port of Grimsby in November 2011.
Others include a business rate discount, retention of business rate growth in the zone, support for the roll out of super fast broadband, and enhanced capital allowances for businesses making large investments in plant and machinery.
Marc Cole, North East Lincolnshire Council's strategic director for environment, economy and housing, said: "The Local Development Order will allow a new simplified planning process to be put in place within the Enterprise Zone which will it make it easier for local businesses to get planning consent to bring forward economic development schemes."
Chris Holden, chairman of the Grimsby Renewables Partnership, said: "Anything which simplifies the process and removes some of the red tape involved can only assist in helping us to attract more businesses to the area."