PLANS for the Hull Eco Park on the old Hedon Aerodrome site have been seen by Hedon resident and former town councillor Jim Lindop. He says the preliminary plans suggest a development by Lateral Power that is far bigger than previously thought and would encompass land from Staithes Road in the west to as far east as Fairfax Avenue in Hedon.
Lateral Power, which describes itself as “a group of UK and Canadian industry professionals”, have obtained sole negotiating rights from Hull City Council on the land at the former Hedon Aerodrome site.
The plan suggests that the Eastside Sports Centre will be demolished to make way for a biomass power station, but a new sports ground will be rebuilt in the north-eastern part of the site.
Mr Lindop has produced a drawing of the plan based on his recollection of it. The drawing shows the majority of the site committed to ‘Aquaponics food production’. This combines aquaculture with hydroponics, to raise or grow farmed fish crops, snails, crayfish or prawns in tanks.
Mr Lindop said of the plan:
“There are Aquaponics structures or ponds from the west of the old Airport buildings now a dance studio, to the rear of the Kingstown Hotel taking up 50% of the field towards Preston and at the rear of this going back to the old railway line it shows Agriculture/Aquaculture.
“It shows a newly constructed sports ground bordering the old railway line to the rear of Twyers Park/Princess Ave.
“All these structures or ponds are shielded by what is described as a ‘Linear Park’ from Saltend flyover all the way into Hedon ending about the rear of Fairfax Avenue. The linear park I assume is landscaping or trees.
“Up to Fairfax Ave, it shows a ‘sustainable agricultural zone’, I have no idea what that is.
“The site will be accessed by constructing a new road on the old railway line from Staithes Lane, I do not know where it ends.”
The Lateral Power website indicates that its Eco Parks require a minimum of 40 acres for each site with good port, road and rail access. It describes its sustainable food production plans, thus:
“Lateral Power gains efficiencies utilising the waste heat and CO2 generated from our power generation plants in Eco Parks that sit along side the power plant.
“The super heated hot water is engineered to feed cold stores for high value foods, the warm water feeds a specialist fish farm and the soiled water from the fish combined with the CO2 from the power plant feed a greenhouse hydroponics centre; producing lettuce and a variety of vegetables…
“…The objective of each of our eco park projects is to provide profits from the production of “green” power and sustainable electricity for the UK power grid. In addition we will produce healthy fresh grown food products; provide employment and sustainable income for local residents, whilst reducing the carbon footprint from the importation of food from overseas.”
Jim Lindop says that the plan he saw is not a ‘secret’, but it is ‘preliminary’ and subject to changes before any planning application is submitted. He did not reveal the source of the plan.
The Hedon Blog e-mailed Lateral Power via its website on 6th February 2014 and enquired if the company wished to give a public update on its plans for the site and how close they were to opening up public consultation. So far, they haven’t responded.