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Pensana Rare Earth Processing facility proposed for land adjacent to Paull Road

The new application reflects a change of location from Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP) to land adjacent to SCP on the other side of Paull Road.

A PLANNING APPLICATION to build the UK’s first rare earth materials processing facility has appeared again on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning portal website. The facility that is expected to produce 4,500 tonnes of Rare Earth Oxides had already received planning approval back in April 2020. Work by Pensana PLC to build the factory had even started at Saltend in May 2020. The new application reflects a change of location from Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP) to land adjacent to SCP on the other side of Paull Road.

The facility will initially produce rare earth oxides but once it is operational, construction of an additional metals production unit within the same plot of land will facilitate the next stage of magnet metal production. The factory would then be used for the production of magnets used in wind turbines, electric vehicles and other renewable industries.

A site known as the Reedmere site (owned by Saltend Chemicals Park) is the proposed new location for the development. It is a 15 Ha (35-acre) area already allocated for employment development within the local plan. To give it local context, the proposed development will be across the main roads from the Arts Garage and Dance School on Hull Road and not far from the houses at Glencoe Villas. Access onto the site will be via a new entrance from Paull Road which borders the site to the west.

The location of the site will also be in close proximity to the proposed Equinor blue hydrogen facility which under a co-operation agreement with Pensana will eventually supply hydrogen to them to replace natural gas and which will be used in the recycling of end-of-life magnets.

This planning application will be of considerable interest to those seeking to reduce the effects of the industrial sprawl on Paull village, and also those concerned about the impacts of traffic in Preston Parish and Hedon.

The documentation and information regarding the planning application are available at the East Riding Public Access website, search for a reference: 21/04695/CM.

2 thoughts on “Pensana Rare Earth Processing facility proposed for land adjacent to Paull Road

  1. Hello Ray
    Thanks for a useful and detailed summary of proposed new Pensana operations at the Reedmere site. I agree that the 2nd aplication almost certainly reflects a change of location away from the approved Abadan site, rather than an extension to it.
    As far as I can tell, the Reedmere site will be adjacent to the (now-leasing) ABP’s Humber International Enterprise Park near Paull, and the Yorkshire Energy Park development near Hedon. From the recently published maps of the East Hull Freeport Tax Zone, I also see there is another area further to the north of the Reedmere site which is tax-zoned and presumably planned for development/leasing too.
    You mentioned both magnet raer earth magnet metals production and magnet recycling plans for the Reedmere site – may I ask where you gleaned this information? – I couldn’t find any direct reference to either in the Reedmere planning application documents? I know the Pensana plc website does have some (largely kite-flying) ambitions for magnet production and recycling but only as long-term future prospects.
    I should make clear that I am invested in Pensana, and I have concerns that this latest development has not yet been officially announced by the company, and the reasons behind the move properly explained.
    Regards
    Harry Wallace

    1. Hi Harry – Thank you for your comments and question. The information published is based on Pensana’s current and previous planning documents published on the ERYC Planning Portal and with reference to the news media releases by the applicant. So this is material already in the public domain. I do look forward to the further announcements and opportunities to cover the public consultation process.

      Hedon Blog’s automated spam filters actually prevented the publication of your comment due to the email address you indicated, but I have manually approved it as useful.

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