Over 300 shovel ready projects in England have been awarded a share of £1.3bn investment as the government looks to drive a green economic recovery.
Announced on 4 August by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, the investment is set to deliver tens of thousands of new homes, lead to the creation of 85,000 jobs, upgrade skills and infrastructure, and cut 65mn kilograms of CO2 emissions across England. The majority of the investment consists of the £900mn Getting Building Fund, previously announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in June.
Successful energy projects confirmed as receiving a share of the fund include an offshore wind operations and maintenance campus in Great Yarmouth; a clean energy hub that will provide power for the Rockingham Automotive Logistics Hub in Northamptonshire, which is the UK’s first large scale facility for electric heavy goods vehicles; and Surrey District Council of Mole Valley’s plan to provide off-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in its 22 car parks.
Funds will also support the construction of the first phase of the Northumberland Energy Park in Blyth and the installation of a pumping station in the Able Marine Energy Park on the south bank of the River Humber – both purpose-built port facilities designed primarily with the offshore wind sector in mind.