Planning team focuses on offshore renewable projects

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 21 Sep 2015

Grimsby dockAn outsourced planning team has latched on to the opportunities created by the offshore renewable energy sectors.

A partnership between outsourcing firm Cofely GDF Suez and North East Lincolnshire Council started five years ago and will run for another six years, delivering services including planning.

“The area is one on the up, with significant growth in not only the offshore renewable energy sector but also in food processing, ports and logistics and housing and development", Cofely GDF Suez planning and building control manager Mark Cawood said. 

“There has been significant growth in the area on offshore renewable energy initiatives. We are based at the mouth of the River Humber, the shortest distance to the North Sea windfarms.

“We are seeing positive signs in many key employment sectors, not just renewables industries. Our long-term partnership aims to deliver development and growth across all of these key sectors.”

Cawood said the authority's local plan had a target of 13,000 new homes by 2032 and the creation of 800 new jobs.

The firm is seeking to recruit a planning policy officer to help deliver the new local plan.

“But the postholder will also have the opportunity to work within the wider planning service, helping to shape and deliver a variety of regeneration projects,” said Cawood.

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Image: Grimsby dock