Waveney District Council

Area Action Plan for Central Lowestoft

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SSP1 PowerPark

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

  • 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


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