Around 400 new jobs will be created under plans for a huge new warehouse and distribution centre at an East Riding business park on the outskirts of Hull.

Plans submitted to East Riding Council from Hull-based developers Wykeland stated the 8,720sqm facility would be built at the Melton West Business Park, near North Ferriby.

The project's estimated cost of £30m is thought to be the largest investment in the region for some time. It comes as the latest jobs figures show East Yorkshire's unemployment rates had spiked since the onset of coronavirus.

It is believed the development is for a 'global logistics company', thought to be Amazon. The online retail giant and Wykeland have declined to confirm who will operate the centre.

There is speculation that new warehouse and logistics centre at Melton will become an Amazon distribution centre
There is speculation that new warehouse and logistics centre at Melton will become an Amazon distribution centre, like the one pictured

But the plans submitted to the council have left residents living close to the site concerned it would lead to a spike in traffic on neighbouring roads, with more than 60 objections lodged.

Hull Live understands if planning consent is given, the business would look to open in 2021, providing a major boost for the local jobs market.

New jobs would range across semi-skilled and professional including warehouse staff, drivers, technicians and back office staff such as finance and logistic specialists.

Highways assessments undertaken as part of the application found the local road network would be able to handle the extra traffic. The plans are also in line with East Riding Council's plans for the site which it has earmarked for business and job creation.

A spokesperson for Wykeland said the "state-of-the-art" facility would give the local economy a major boost.

The spokesperson added permission had already been granted for a temporary facility, which the latest application seeks to make permanent.

The spokesperson said: "The purpose-designed facility will be fully in keeping with other uses already sited at Melton West Business Park, with an ideal location offering direct access from the business park to and from the A63, via a proposed new roundabout onto Brickyard Lane.

"This application is for a warehouse and distribution facility which is in line with the zoning the land has had in the Local Plan since 1996 for employment uses.

"The development will deliver substantial long-term investment and create significant numbers of new jobs.

“We understand that any planning application can lead to concern from local communities.

"We have provided the Local Planning Authority with all required technical reports for East Riding of Yorkshire Council to ensure the application is in line with what is contained in their Local Plan.

"All the reports are in the public domain and are currently being reviewed by the council."

Plans for the warehouse feature 65 cycle spaces for staff and electric charging points for its future fleet, as part of efforts to make it environmentally sustainable.

Local concerns

The planned new development has attracted criticism from locals in North Ferriby who are concerned about its scale and the impact it could potentially have on local traffic and the environment.

Claire Allmendinger, a North Ferriby resident and founding member of the Save Ferriby group, said the plans had left her and others "worried".

Ms Allmendinger said: "It's a massive warehouse with a three-storey van storage facility.

"It's not in keeping with other developments at the Business Park and the local road system can't handle that number of vehicles.

"People here are worried. Many of them didn't know about the plans and wouldn't have known until the buildings started going up.

"The application is for a permanent building. We're now looking to raise awareness of the plans and rally people round to take action.

"We're worried about the contaminants because they could be churned up once building work starts. The plans should be deferred to give more time for tests on the soil."

Find planning applications near you

Planning documents showed environmental surveys had previously been conducted at the site when it was subject to an application for a housing estate.

Surveyors found no contaminants in soil which would have come from the former Capper Pass tin smelting works which stood 50m south of the site.

The works were wound up in the late 1980's.