Area Action Plan for Central Lowestoft
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Reconfigured employment land to provide the focus for the energy industry within Lowestoft.
PowerPark comprises the area south of Ness Point and west of Battery Green Road and includes Hamilton Dock, Waveney Dock, along with parts of Trawl Dock and Outer Harbour. Much of the site is occupied by the Beach Industrial Estate. The site covers an area of 24.7 hectares (61 acres).
The Area Action Plan seeks to achieve a cluster of businesses focused upon the energy sector and offshore engineering within this area. A number of businesses in this sector such as SLP, SSE and Siemens have already set up on the site. Evidence supporting the plan indicates there is significant potential for the development of these industries in Lowestoft and the industry estimates that an additional 950 direct jobs could be created as a result. As such, the PowerPark proposals in the Area Action Plan promote the redevelopment of vacant and underused land.
Where private sector demand arises the Area Action Plan promotes the negotiated relocation of a limited amount of existing development to achieve this cluster of businesses. A relocation strategy accompanies the Area Action Plan to help existing businesses not within the energy sector relocate to other appropriate sites in the town.
Find out more by reading SSP1 - PowerPark in the adopted Area Action Plan.
Progress to date
- Two major announcements have been released which will establish Lowestoft as a leading centre for renewable energy. Lowestoft has been confirmed as the main construction and operational base for the East Anglia ONE development. A thirty-year deal, worth an estimated £25million, has been agreed between ScottishPower Renewables and Associated British Ports to use Lowestoft port as the construction, operations and maintenance hub for the estimated 30 year lifespan of the windfarm. Initial investment in the port will be used to establish a new operations facility and to carry out upgrades to the port and surrounding area. Once complete, East Anglia ONE will employ approximately 100 people at the port, with thousands of contractors and supply chain operators working at the site and contributing the local economy. This follows the news that the energy company has submitted plans for the East Anglia THREE windfarm which be located off the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth coastline. This larger windfarm will comprise 172 turbines, capable of producing sufficient power for 750,000 homes. (November 2015)
- Earlier this year, the Council worked in partnership with local employees and businesses from Lowestoft fish market and those who work on the inshore fishing fleet to carry out a Property Development Assessment for Lowestoft Docks. The information gathered was feed into a report produced by an independent consultation, Nautilus Associates. The report considered if and how their requirements could be accommodated, in simple spatial terms, across a number of sites at the docks and Lake Lothing; should there be a need for their relocation to a different site in the future. The report was developed through discussions with those who wished to part take and through site visits to existing facilities in the outer harbour area. The helpful input and generous co-operation received from all was invaluable in this work. The Council commissioned the report for it be to used as independent evidence for any future discussions between the fishing industry and their land lord. Through the work it was made clear the Council does not own the sites in question and therefore is not placed to make recommendations or draw a conclusion of the potential future location of the fishing industry. View the full Property Development Assessment for Lowestoft Docks (October 2015).
- Sembmarine SLP has expanded into new premises at Wilde Street. This marks the growth of its 400-strong workforce to support the delivery of a new contract for their off shore operations. For more information on this company's investment in its Lowestoft base read the news story (June 2015)
- Lowestoft has been chosen as the operations and maintenance base for the Galloper offshore wind farm due to be operational by 2018. The announcement paves the way for work to start on the £3.5m conversion of the ABP port's old fish market into the new base. Read the news story (Feb 2014)
- Sembmarine SLP has moved into new premises at Newcombe House and is creating more room at Hamilton Dock in readiness for a further expansion of its 400-strong workforce to support a series of contracts it expects to secure. Read the news story (Jan 2014)
- Local Development Order adopted for the site which removes the need for planning permission for certain types of industrial development (Mar 2012)
- Work has continued to review and progress the requirements and demands of potential energy sector businesses and existing businesses within PowerPark area