Swathes of land at Port of Sunderland are being prepared for investment, as the final part of a £8.2m programme of works is set to go before planning.
The final phase of the port’s Enterprise Zone enabling works is expected to get started at Hendon Sidings - which has been renamed Trinity – Rail, Road & Sea, by the summer, if a planning application is approved later this month.
The work will ready the 11-acre site – which is now a multi-modal facility that enjoys unrivalled access to open sea, the rail network and road connections – for the arrival of developers in the rail, manufacturing, port-related storage and distribution, offshore operations and maintenance industries, and is part of a wider strategy to attract more investment into the municipally-owned hub.
A planning application was lodged in December, for a range of works that will put in place vital infrastructure to make the site shovel ready. It is the last of three projects delivered at the port thanks to the backing of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is designed to attract potential investors and provide an incentive to those looking to establish a long-term operation at Port of Sunderland.
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the port board, said: “Port of Sunderland has undergone a programme of extensive infrastructure works, transforming it into a development-ready location, that is already proving increasingly attractive to investors.
“This latest phase of work, which will ensure the right infrastructure is in place to attract investors to Trinity Rail, Road & Sea, is a vital step in ensuring the wider port estate is a highly investible proposition, maximising the economic advantage our port can provide to the city.”
Located to the west of the port, Trinity offers a range of advantages for investors who choose the site, including enhanced capital allowances. It is the final phase of work, after programmes of infrastructure works were rolled out on the port’s East Shore site, as well as improvements to road connections around the estate.
Andrew Moffat CBE, Chair of the Investment Board at the North East LEP, said: “This final phase of work will elevate Port of Sunderland to a very attractive site for potential investors. The port has worked tirelessly over the last few years on its plan to regenerate this Enterprise Zone, which now has the potential to create more and better jobs for the region.”