Ambitious plans to regenerate docklands backed by senior councillors

Hull City Council’s Cabinet has confirmed its support for the Western Docklands Masterplan, giving the green light to consultation with residents and business owners on the proposals.

The Western Docklands area lies between Albert and William Wright Dock, Castle Street and the Smith & Nephew site.

This masterplan suggests a range of different uses for the site, with a strong focus on employment land to the west, and residential/commercial and leisure land to the east.

Hull City Council wants to know the views of Hull residents, as well as local businesses in the area.

A six-week consultation will begin on Monday 6 February and run until Friday 17 March.

The plans also seek views on the future of the Hull Ice Arena and Kingston Retail Park.

Local businesses, residents and the wider public will all be invited to take part through a series of in-person drop-in sessions and an online survey.

The masterplan also sets out how it could create a better link to the marina and Fruit Market area.

The proposals include a cruise terminal for the Western Docklands.

Sammy’s Point was originally earmarked as the location for this, but it is now proposed that the terminal be located at the Bull Nose at the eastern end of Albert Dock.

Councillor Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “The Western Docklands is a key landmark location within the city, being beside the waterfront, but also being the gateway for people driving into the city.

“It’s a site with enormous potential and the masterplan provides a clear framework for how the site could offer high-quality city living and employment in the years ahead.

“I support the masterplan and look forward to hearing the views of landowners, businesses and residents across the city on how they would like to see the area develop.”

Responses to the consultation will be considered by the council in drafting a final version of the masterplan, which will then be presented to Cabinet later this year.

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