£5 million plan for seafood processing village – Fishupdate.com

£5 million plan for seafood processing village Published:  05 January, 2009

A FORMAL planning application will be submitted to the local council in Grimsby this month to build the first stage of Britain’s first dedicated seafood processing village.

The £5 million project will be developed in two stages on a vacant 30 acre site on the edge of Grimsby Fish Docks – with work starting almost immediately on the first phase of 20 units, each comprising 2,000 square feet of working space, plus an additional 1,500 square feet for offices and storage.

The second stage will be similar in size, but with applications for the first 20 units are already over subscribed, work is expected to begin sooner than anticipated.

The company behind the project is the Great Grimsby Seafood Village Ltd, headed by joint managing directors Peter Dalton and Gary Cadey.

Peter Dalton, who owns the firms Ocean Bounty and Ocean Harvest, said: ‘Subject to approval, we look forward to opening at the end of the year. The response from local merchants and processors has been excellent, but we are also encouraging interest from processors in other UK ports who may want to expand into Grimsby.

He added: ‘It means we will have a processing facility fit for the 21st century.and all the merchants together, so vital for inter-trading.’

Gary Cadey said: “We are also safeguarding around 1,000 jobs in fish processing as well as creating many new ones.’

The ultra green development will include a recycled water supply, containers for catching rainwater which will then be cleaned for washing purposes – and solar panels for power.

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