Hull City Council has won Yorkshire’s top planning award for its vision and expertise in delivering Siemen’s new offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing facilities at the city’s Alexandra Port.
The project, the centrepiece of the Green Port Hull vision to establish Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world class centre for renewable energy, has won the top prize at the 2018 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire’s Planning Excellence Award.
Jennifer Winyard, Chair of RTPI Yorkshire judging panel, said:
“This is a prime example where planners play a vital role in securing long-term sustainable economic growth and employment for the region. The project scores high on having a strong, coherent vision as well as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach that ensures effective delivery of the complex project itself and allows wider social and environmental benefits to flow from it for many years to come.
“The Green Port Hull project promises major opportunities in biofuels, waste to energy, wave and tidal power generation, and it is planners who are uniquely placed to help harness this huge potential.”
Planners at Hull City Council and East Riding Council are proactively looking at strategic land and property sites in the port of Hull area to attract renewable energy sector businesses looking to relocate to the region.
These vary from sites for major manufacturing facilities; business parks; operations and maintenance centres servicing the renewable energy cluster; design and build opportunities; and storage land.
Halifax Piece Hall highly commended
Judges have also highly commended the restoration of The Piece Hall, a Grade I-listed, monumental building in Halifax town centre. It is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic reminder of Halifax’s once pivotal position at the centre of the world’s woollen trade.
The transformation of the building and nearby public space demonstrated “a range of planning skills and exemplary design, enhancing the town’s identity and attraction as a tourism and employment destination”, according to the judges.
Other commended projects