A £450m ($736m) renewable energy park which would support the manufacture and transportation of wind turbines has today been granted planning permission by the UK government.

The Able Marine Energy Park would be purpose built on the Humber coast in England to accommodate the logistical needs of making and then moving wind turbine components out to the North Sea.UK offshore wind

The project is the brainchild of Able UK, which operates many of Britain’s busiest ports and is also active is remodelling those ports to exploit the UK’s growing renewables energy industry.

Able UK founder and executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: “The Humber is ideally placed in close proximity to the proposed world’s largest offshore wind farms and, coupled with the scale of the site and inherent strengths of local people and businesses, we have the very best package to offer the emerging wind sector.”

He added “We firmly believe that renewable energy offers the opportunity to transform the economy of the South Bank and the Humber region as a whole.”

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of trade group RenewableUK, said the planning go-ahead was “a real cause for celebration”.

“It is testament to a continuing sense of long term confidence in the offshore wind sector, which is at the very heart of our green energy future.”

And he added that the announcement “could be the catalyst for further investment in the region. This shows how offshore wind is bringing real opportunities to regions like the Humber.”