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Birds Eye site to be part of new enterprise zone - 02/12/15
Hull City Council has welcomed the Planning Inspectorate's decision to retain the former Birds Eye site on Hessle Road for employment use, a move further endorsed with the announcement by the Chancellor to include the site within an expanded Humber Enterprise Zone.

This latest announcement means another 80 hectares of land in the city are designated as enterprise zone, adding to 100+ hectares along the Hedon Road corridor, supporting the Green Port Hull development.

The new addition includes land in the city centre, west Hull, including the Birds Eye site and Priory Park and Queen Elizabeth Dock in the east and the River Hull heartlands area.

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said:

""We are of course delighted that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld our decision on the former Birds Eye site as it supports our plans for developing the land for employment use.

""This comes at a time when the Government accepted the bid for new Enterprise Zones to be located across the region, strengthening the confidence they have in our ability to deliver productive employment opportunities.

""The former Birds Eye site will serve as a complement to the investments already taking form across the city and we hope this land will be used to attract developers and boost employment opportunities, playing a critical role towards strengthening the local economy, and the UK's economic growth as a whole.""

Companies operating from an Enterprise Zone are potentially eligible for business rate relief of approximately £150k over 3 years and can benefit from simplified planning status.

The ongoing developments taking place across the city coupled with the extension to the city's Enterprise Zones will act as a signal to the market and assist site owners to invest and regenerate property in the area, further supporting private sector investment including and building on the recent investments by RB, Siemens, The University of Hull.

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