Grimsby’s $125 million land-based salmon farm set for approval

Editorial Staff

The projected investment of around £100 million is expected to generate 80 full-time jobs.

A major salmon farming facility, representing a £100 million investment and the potential creation of approximately 80 jobs, is likely to receive approval from North East Lincolnshire Council on November 29, 2023.

AquaCultured Seafood wants to build the facility close to Grimsby Town FC’s Blundell Park ground to produce 5,000 tons of salmon per year.

The developer had submitted a comprehensive planning application for the 29-acre site located at the Port of Grimsby earlier this year.

The 10-acre (40,000 sq m) development would comprise 50 tanks.

The proposed facility, spanning 440,000 square feet in gross internal area, is designed to incorporate both freshwater and saltwater tanks for salmon cultivation.

Additional features of the development include a water treatment plant, a fish processing line, a feed storage unit, and an on-site energy center. The facility’s layout also provides for bio-security measures, disinfection areas, and landscaping.

Plans detail the establishment of new access routes to the site, alongside provisions for 95 car parking spaces, seven van parking spaces, 40 bicycle parking spots, and three loading bays. The projected investment of around £100 million is expected to generate 80 full-time equivalent jobs, with additional employment opportunities during the construction phase.

The council’s planning committee is set to review the plans on November 29. An officer’s report prepared for the meeting recommends approval, subject to certain conditions, according to papers filed by the local council and seen by SalmonBusiness.

The report highlights that the development is unlikely to adversely affect residential and business amenities, the visual character of the area, drainage and flood risks, highway safety, the Humber Estuary designations, onsite biodiversity, or the Local Wildlife Site allocation.

The report also emphasizes the significant economic benefits of the proposal, noting its potential to create jobs and support local food processing and manufacturing businesses.

The site, owned by Associated British Ports (ABP), has a chequered history, including as rail sidings and, more recently, as a storage area for flood defence works by the Environment Agency between 2014 and 2016.

The project team for this significant development comprises several firms, including Montagu Evans, UMC Architects, S&D Garritt Ltd, Alan Wood & Partners, E2 Consultants, Tree First Ltd, 2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd, Local Transport Projects, e3p, AECOM, Michael Bull & Associates, Lumineux, RBP Agency, and Envireau Water.


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