Grimsby onshore salmon farm recommended for approval

A £75 million onshore salmon farm proposed for Grimsby has been recommended for approval by planners.

Officers have given their backing for the 5,000 tonne facility, set to be the first of its kind developed in England. It would be located on the former New Clee Sidings site, once used to support rail freight at the fish docks, where it sits beyond.

The 11 hectare site is classed as part of the operational port area, controlled by ABP, and the proposal is to build across 40,000 sq m. Should North East Lincolnshire councillors agree at a planning meeting set for next week, a total of 100 jobs could be created, while providing the UK-leading seafood cluster with a ready sustainable supply.

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In the report to be considered at Wednesday’s meeting, planners said “The proposal would represent a significant economic investment into the area, creating a number of jobs through construction and then operation as well as supporting the food processing and manufacturing businesses in the area.”

They have found it “would not cause harm to residential amenities or business amenity, the visual character of the area, drainage and flood risk, highway safety and amenity, the Humber Estuary designations, the onsite biodiversity and local wildlife site allocation.”

Approval would be subject to a set of conditions.

Several objections from residents were submitted, with concerns over impact on the neighbourhood, with animal welfare and the principles of fish farming also highlighted. But the report outlines how noise, odour and habitat concerns have been assessed and addressed. Following on from a consultation at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, the height of the building closest to Harrington Street, across the rail line, has been lowered from 8m to 6m, and moved further towards the 40m coldstore it neighbours.

How Aquaculture Seafood Ltd's proposed £75 million 50-tank salmon farm could look.
How Aquaculture Seafood Ltd’s proposed £75 million 50-tank salmon farm could look.

Countering the objections, several businesses and organisations have written in support, including Seafood Grimsby and Humber Alliance, neighbouring Grimsby Seafood Village and Grimsby Fish Market. They have cited how it will further Grimsby’s position as leading the way in food and fish production and processing; the need for a sustainable source of salmon; reduction in transport miles and the overall economic investment and jobs.

Aquacultured Seafood Ltd is behind the proposal, and has previously told how the latest technological advances would be deployed on the 50-tank operation.

Officers have suggested a three year window for build-out.

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