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Hull conference centre plans shelved after council vote

Councillors reject plan to build 3,500 capacity conference, music and events venue

Hull City Council will resubmit plans for a 3,500 capacity venue in 2016

Plans for a 3,500 capacity conference centre in Hull have been put on hold after a planning application was rejected.

Hull City Council’s bid to build a £36 million conference, music and events venue was thrown out by councillors, but the local authority says plans will be back on the table early in the New Year. 

Revised plans are to be submitted next week, addressing concerns raised by the planning committee, and they will be considered again in February. The centre will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium, with the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated event and a 2,000 sqm exhibition space, plus an 800 capacity conference auditorium. 

As part of regeneration surrounding the city’s status as UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is eager to reposition itself as a leading centre for renewable energy, with the Hull Venue intended to be a hub for sector-specific meetings and events.

Leader of the council Stephen Brady said: “I am incredibly disappointed with the decision by the Planning Committee.

"The plans for the Hull Venue have received considerable public support - they are hugely important for the development of the city and will put us on the map as a location for major events, conferences and music concerts. 

"The development is absolutely essential to making Hull a top visitor destination and is an integral component of our legacy planning following on from our year as UK City of Culture in 2017.

"Whilst we will resubmit the planning application early in the New Year, today's decision will, at the very least, mean a delay in commencing the development."

Meanwhile, BAM Construction Limited has been awarded the contract to build the centre following a competitive tendering exercise.

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