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4,000 jobs secured on south bank of Humber

Four thousand jobs have been secured on the south bank of the Humber, following a long running dispute between two companies over a piece of land.

Able UK and Associated British Ports have been locked in disagreement over whether a huge site building wind turbines should be built, or whether a deep sea jetty aimed at attracting bigger ships should get the go ahead instead. Kate Hemingway reports.

ABP 'disappointed' by government decision

Associated British Ports says it is "disappointed" with the Parliamentary Joint Committee's decision to allow Able UK to develop a green energy plant in Killingholme.

We are disappointed that the Parliamentary Joint Committee reached its decision without fully examining all of the evidence. The decision has no impact on ABP's view of the strength of its case and our offer of a substantial compromise would have enabled AMEP to proceed without hindering the future development of the Port of Immingham. We will now consider our options. The Port of Immingham is Britain's busiest port and its continued growth is vital for the nation's trade and energy security, as well as for the prosperity of the Humber region as a whole.

– ABP spokesperson


Breaking: Able UK given green light for development

A dispute over land development which threatened to sink plans for a £450 million pound renewable energy plant has ended after a government joint committee hearing.

The row centred on an 11 actre site at Killingholme, known as the Killingholme triangle owned by Associated British Ports who wanted to build a deep sea jetty there.

But Able Uk who are developing the surrounding Able Marine Energy Park which makes offshore wind turbines wanted to compulsory purchase it.

They say their plans will create four thousand new jobs for North Lincolnshire. But after taking their dispute to the Commons ABP's petition to block the purchase order was thrown out.


Cleethorpes MP pushing commons on Able UK decision

The MP for Cleethorpes, Martin Vickers, says he wants to ensure parliament decides quickly on the future of a renewable energy project on the south bank of the Humber.

The port operator ABP is using a special commons process to object to plans for the development at North Killingholme.

It wants to develop its own deep water jetty in an area where another company, Able UK already has permission to build a marine energy park creating four thousand jobs.

Vickers says he is concerned about potential delays:

ABP to go to parliament over Able UK development

The port operator, Association of British Ports, is to ask parliament to decide on the future of two projects at North Killingholme on the south bank of the Humber.

The Able UK Marine Energy Park

It wants to build its own deep water jetty in an area where another company has already been given permission to build a marine energy park.

Last month Able UK said the port operator was putting its plans in jeopardy, threatening the creation of thousands of jobs.

Government: Wildlife fears delayed marine park approval

A Department for Transport spokesperson has released a statement about the delay in approving the £450 million marine energy park in North Lincolnshire.

They were concerned over the habitat of the local wildlife, which they say has now been satisfied.

Able Humber Ports have provided the further information we requested in August. This satisfies our outstanding concerns about the new habitat for birds affected by the project and about arrangements for access across the Killingholme Branch railway which runs through the site of the project.

The next stage is for Parliament to consider whether to confirm compulsory purchase powers over land owned by various businesses including Network Rail and Associated British Ports.

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