Land availability

By Humber LEP

The Humber is blessed with large tracts of land allocated for industrial development. Much of this land is flat and uncontaminated, located close to the Humber ports and ideally positioned for both the uk and european markets.

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A strategic approach by the Humber ensures that industrially allocated land near the estuary has already been environmentally compensated for by creating strategic mitigation sites, smoothing the way for local development.

This is further complemented by a unique approach to handling major planning applications. The ‘Single Conversation Group’ brings major consultees together to jointly discuss major projects before they enter the formal planning process often resulting in accelerated permissions.

Property and land searches

The Humber LEP can co-ordinate land and property searches for businesses looking to expand their operations or to move into the area. For enquiries please contact Phil Glover at

Average land and premises costs

Commercial property represents extremely good value in the Humber. Colliers commercial agents data (Jan 2020) indicates that average rentals for large industrial facilities (100,000sqft +) are circa £5 per sqft for prime sites and £4 per sqft for 1990s buildings, with a 50p increase for smaller buildings from 10,000 sqft.

Land values again represent excellent value at circa £225,000 per acre, or less depending on the site. This compares very favourably with the southern port areas of the UK, with land values ranging from £900,000 in Southampton to £1,500,000 in West Thurrock. Land values in the midlands range from £550,000 in the West Birmingham to £950,000 in Coventry.

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Land Availability around the Humber:

Goole J36

The site is adjacent to junction 36 of the M62 at the heart of the national motorway network, providing superb access to the entire north of England via the M62, M18, M180, A1 (M) and M1 motorways. It provides land from approximately 1.2 acres (0.5 hectares) up to the largest single plot of circa 47 acres (19 hectares) and is therefore able to accommodate buildings up to 100,000,000 sqft.

Goole J36 – Capitol Park

This strategic site has multi-modal transport facilities, served by the Hull – Doncaster railway, the M62 motorway and the Port of Goole. A multi-modal terminal is also planned nearby to serve the site, which will utilise all the above transport modes together with the inland waterways. 30 acres are available for development. Find out more.

Melton West

At 200 acres Melton West is one of Yorkshire and Humber’s largest business parks, strategically located on the A63, west of Hull, which feeds onto the M62.

The high-quality business environment at Melton West can provide bespoke, innovative and flexible accommodation associated with all Wykeland developments. Well-designed landscaping throughout the park provides an attractive environment in this well-established business location.

More than 750,000 sqft has already been designed and developed at Melton West by Wykeland’s in house team for occupiers including Heron Foods, Paragon, Kohler Mira and Allam Marine. With the recent expansion of the site, it can now cater for building sizes of up to 1,000,000 sqft.

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Brough – Humber Enterprise Park

Humber Enterprise Park is situated to the west of Hull City Centre and is ideally positioned for the motorway network throughout the country, being a short distance from the M62, M18, A1M, and M1 motorways. It is also adjacent to Brough mainline railway station with services to the north of England and London King’s Cross.

The Humber Enterprise Park site comprises of high-grade production/storage units, offices and business space. The site offers a secure and well managed environment, catering for any size company, offering incubator and grow-on space for young businesses to large stand-alone facilities for more established organisations. The site offers fully refurbished office space and expansive parking facilities.

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Bridgehead Business Park

Bridgehead is a new generation business park, setting new standards for commercial space. Situated at the very heart of the Humber region, with fast, easy access to the country’s motorway network, this ‘greenest’ of green commercial hubs offers a superb, sustainable base for any business.

Occupying 50 acres on the western edge of Hull, Bridgehead has the capacity for 612,000 sqft (56,856 sq m) of high-quality business space for use as offices, research and development facilities and high-tech manufacturing.

The first phase has seen several new buildings developed for some of the region’s leading businesses including Victoria Plum, Beal Homes, Luxinar, John Good Group, SGS International, IT@Spectrum, and most recently Centrica.

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Humber International Enterprise Park (Paull)

The 200 acre greenfield site is on the city of Hull’s eastern boundary and occupies an area between Saltend Chemicals Park and the village of Paull. It is located close to the A1033, providing quick and easy access to the A63 and M62 motorway. Part of the site has direct frontage to the deep-water channel of the Humber estuary, situated adjacent to the Port of Hull with easy access to King George and Alexandra Docks.

The Port of Hull has daily freight and passenger ferry sailings to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge as well as rail and many other services. The site also benefits from a protected rail corridor from the port should it be required. The site can potentially benefit from private wire networks and feed stocks from the adjacent site.

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Yorkshire Energy Park

The Yorkshire Energy Park is a new development located in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

This major strategic site is close to nationally important energy, sea, road and rail infrastructure with Humberside Airport a short drive away.

It is an ideal location for businesses looking for power and data resilience, links to research and development, reinforced by an exceptionally strong transport infrastructure and access to a skilled workforce. This site can offer clean, reliable energy, at a significantly lower cost than the market for on-site users; energy can also be sold back to the grid.

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Normanby Enterprise Park

Normanby Enterprise Park (NEP) is 95.23 acres (38.54 hectares). NEP is a major cluster for distribution, manufacturing, and food and drink in North Lincolnshire. It represents an important location for future employment provision for businesses seeking to locate to a regionally strategic industrial estate. NEP is located less than six miles from the motorway network and set in open countryside. It lies north of the urban area of Scunthorpe and adjacent to the well-established Foxhills Industrial Park.

The distinctive NEP Lagoon (c. 4.5 hectares) is to the north of NEP and offers the local workforce an opportunity to escape the workplace and sit and enjoy its tranquillity or take a healthier option of walking or cycling the easy 1 km circular route, which surrounds it. The remaining developable land at NEP comprises plots ranging in size from 2.88 - 60.80 acres with NEP 7 being the largest remaining area available at the park. NEP 7 has £1m of secured government funding via the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Midlands Engine fund to provide infrastructure works and associated services for industrial and commercial development to enable this strategically significant employment site to be developed.

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Humberside Airport

Located at Humberside International Airport, the Humberside Business Park is well-established business destination offering a range of high-quality mixed-use accommodation which is home to high profile companies such as BAE Systems Anglia Cargo, Hilton, Henderson Insurance and Eastern Airways.

Part of The Humber Enterprise Zone, Humberside Airport Business Park is developing its reputation as a thriving business, aerospace and aviation cluster by offering a range of sites suitable for a variety of uses.

Development activity is already underway on-site, marked by the recent completion of BAE Systems’ new £5m national training academy and the road improvement scheme at the airport entrance, as well as the construction of a brand new £7m 100-bed Hampton by Hilton Hotel.

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Able – South Humber Bank

Land at the South Humber Bank is the area’s main strategic employment site. It is of regional and national significance as it is the only undeveloped employment land fronting a deep water estuary in the UK. The Adopted Core Strategy designates 900 hectares for employment uses to develop the South Humber Bank as a global gateway for the north of England.

The South Humber Bank employment area is currently occupied by large oil, gas and electricity companies, riverside terminal facilities and associated activities including storage, processing and distribution. The site is already home to several chemical companies, which provide 27% of the UK’s oil refinery capacity. It is proposed that the South Humber Bank site is safeguarded and that opportunities are maximised around the ports for chemical industries and power generation including renewable energy and offshore wind.

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Sandtoft Business Park

The Sandtoft Business Park site is located south of the M180 motorway, east of Sandtoft village and north of Belton Road. It forms part of a former World War II airfield which mostly comprises agricultural land. There are several existing businesses that have developed along the Belton Road frontage and in the Sandtoft Industrial Estate, with car and van storage being particularly common.

Lincolnshire Lakes

60 acres of commercial land has been made available in the Lincolnshire Lakes after construction of a new junction off the M181.

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