The Humber LEP is enabling partners to deliver high quality infrastructure to unlock growth.
Our Investment and Regulation Board brings together local authorities, business and statutory agencies to drive the development of an Infrastructure Plan for the Humber.
The LEP’s Growth Deal programme supports infrastructure projects across the Humber, led by local authorities and businesses. It was expanded again in January following a third successful bid to Government, with a further £16.9m for six new infrastructure projects.
Growth Deal investment was used during 2016/17 to support a lasting legacy for Hull UK City of Culture. The £36.2m Hull Venue, a 3,500-capacity conference and performance venue, started on site with £3.5m support through the LEP. Meanwhile support for Hull’s Old Town has enabled the revitalisation of Trinity Indoor Market and the surrounding public spaces, and supported businesses to bring retail and office space back into use through a small grants scheme.
Investment has also gone into Grimsby Town Centre, with an office development completed and improvements to access and public realm carried out.
Transport projects delivered during 2016/17 included the widening of Anlaby Road in Hull, a new roundabout at Barnetby Top in North Lincolnshire and maintenance of Grovehill Bridge in Beverley. A package of improvements is under way in Bridlington town centre, including road widening, road realignment and a new bridge over the Gypsey Race watercourse to improve town centre access.
Flood risk alleviation continues to be a key infrastructure need for the area. 2016/17 saw the completion of a 520 metre-long glass panelled flood barrier at Paull, East Yorkshire, which will protect 14,000 homes and facilitate industrial development east of Hull. This project has constructed the UK’s longest glass flood wall and has added 1.1m (3ft) in height to the existing defence level.
Procurement was meanwhile completed on the £13.3m Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme in North Lincolnshire, which will support a 6,000-home development, and preparatory demolition work was completed on the Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme. European funding was invested to support flood alleviation at Killingholme Marshes and along the River Hull, and for environmental improvements in Bridlington and North East Lincolnshire.
The Humber Enterprise Zone, the largest in the country, saw high profile successes during 2016/17. Siemens’ wind turbine blade manufacturing facility at Green Port Hull was opened by the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, in December, while the Humber Enterprise Park on the former BAe site at Brough was opened by Prince Andrew in March.
The Enterprise Zone more than doubled in size this year to include 14 new sites, after a successful bid to Government led by the LEP. Projects under way on these sites include the DoubleTree hotel, Ron Dearing UTC and Energy Works in Hull.
Other Growth Deal investment is supporting Enterprise Zone site developments including improved access to Humberside Airport and enabling infrastructure on sites near Stallingborough, Goole and Paull.
Hull’s major housing programme had a further £7.7m Growth Deal investment during 2016/17, with 674 homes started and 108 delivered. Over 900 homes will be built or refurbished in total.
The LEP’s Single Conversation Group, a national pilot, continued to bring together statutory agencies and local planning authorities to address barriers to major developments. Successes this year included the completion of the Siemens/ABP development at Green Port Hull, facilitating a vital land purchase to enable the forthcoming Holderness Drain Flood Alleviation Scheme, and work to overcome issues surrounding the use of Burton Constable Hall for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
- £16.9m new infrastructure investment secured
- 2,065 additional businesses and properties with reduced flood risk by 2023
- 1,200ha of EZ development land with incentives
- 7,300 new homes will be constructed
- 132ha habitats supported for conservation