Welcome to the new community hub for Protos. This page will act as a one-stop destination for updates on our work at the site and in the surrounding communities.
Here you can find out about the Community Forum, keep track of latest updates from the Protos site and get in touch with the team if you have a question. Simply use the menu above to navigate the community hub.
Plans for the site – formerly known as Ince Park – were subject to extensive consultation, during which a Community Forum was set up. The Forum, made up of local representatives, continues to meet and has proved to be useful in facilitating ongoing discussions about the development.
From early in the project it was felt that a Forum would provide an effective direct method of communication between the community and project team. Through the Community Forum people can raise any questions or issues with the developers, with the aim to resolve these quickly and through collaboration.
The aim of the Community Forum is to:
- Provide an effective forum for the discussion of all matters concerning the development and operation;
- Consider and respond to any question in connection with the development and operation as it affects the communities represented or the amenities of the neighbourhood;
- Make suggestions to the management of the development and the operators on any matter connected with the administration, development and operation of the which could further the interests of the communities represented;
- Stimulate the interests of the local population in the development;
- Have regard to the interests of the users;
- Protect and enhance the interests of the community and surrounding areas.
A subgroup of the Community Forum was set up to look specifically at the issue of air quality related to the Protos development, including:
- Appoint an independent air quality advisor to the group;
- Consider proposals from Cheshire West and Chester Environmental Protection on the type of monitoring for the development;
- Oversee the implementation of an air monitoring system;
- Consider reports and review progress on a regular basis;
- Provide objective information and feedback to the local community on air quality issues with the aim of dispelling worries or concerns that may exist in the community.
ALL THE LATEST
Here you will find the most recent updates for the Protos site, delivered by Peel Environmental and our site partners. This website will be updated on a regular basis, so keep checking for the latest Protos and Community Forum news.
You can see stories from this year below or search through the archives.
Protos is open for business
The Peel Group celebrates the launch of landmark energy destination with the Northern Powerhouse Minister Please click on the below link to view a video of the official opening https://vimeo.com/203993415Read more
Northern Powerhouse Minister launches Peel’s flagship £700m Protos scheme
Andrew Percy MP hails private investment as energy hub opens for business Government Minister Andrew Percy MP heralded investment and collaboration in the Northern Powerhouse as he officially opened Peel Environmental’s £700m flagship energy destination, Protos. Cutting the ribbon on […]Read more
Report outlines measures needed to build a sustainable and resilient Northern Powerhouse
A report by the University of Liverpool outlines the actions needed to create a successful Northern Powerhouse. The report `A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Powerhouse’ identifies ten key points for rebalancing Britain with a strong and inclusive North of England. […]Read more
Here you can find useful information and documents relating to Protos and the Community Forum. If you are looking for Minutes from the Community Forum meetings, visit the Community Forum page above.
If you have any enquiries about the below documents, please visit the Contact section of the Community Hub.
To view site wide and plot specific planning documents please click here to visit our downloads page
Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the Protos development. If you can’t find what you are looking forward, visit the Contact page of the Community Hub and get in touch with the project team.
What is Protos?
Protos is a multi-million pound development at Ince, between Ellesmere Port and Chester. At the centre of Protos is a development site with planning consent for energy generation and environmental technology. Protos also encompasses the neighbouring 19-turbine wind farm currently under construction and Thornton Science Park, the state-of-the-art home of the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Protos is the destination of choice for energy, innovation and industry. The vision is to create an energy hub, made up of a cluster of complementary businesses including energy generators, consumers and associated supply chain.
When will work start to deliver Protos?
Work has already begun to deliver some of the infrastructure for the Protos development site, such as access roads. Initial work includes improvements to the roundabout junctions; the creation of a new footpath and cycleway along Grinsome Road and the delivery of internal estate roles. Construction of the biomass facility started in October 2015.
Is Protos confined to the 51ha development site?
Although the development site is the central focus, other features are part of the wider vision. Peel is collaborating with the University of Chester, with the neighbouring Thornton Science Park a strong asset to the Protos offer. This collaboration will provide occupiers with direct access to a highly-skilled workforce and facilities. The consented Frodsham wind farm, currently being built, will also come under the wider Protos vision for a strategic energy hub for the region.
What is the link with the University of Chester?
Peel Environmental is collaborating with the University of Chester to deliver a prosperous business environment with the core focus being energy.
This collaboration sees education and industry sitting side by side and we are working together to create an internationally recognised hub for skills and innovation.
What is Thornton Science Park?
Thornton Science Park is a research and innovation hub at the former Shell site at Thornton, Cheshire. The high-tech campus includes over 1 million sq.ft of laboratories and workshops and a £7 million Energy Demonstrator. An incubation hub means innovative ideas can be taken from inception and demonstration at Thornton to application at Protos.
Thornton Science Park is home to the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and offers students access to world-class facilities and future career prospects via its industry links.
With direct support from the UK Government and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Thornton is also set to become home to a world-class Shale Research Centre.
Will there be job opportunities at Protos?
Yes. Our latest research shows that Protos could create around 3,000 jobs, including opportunities during both construction and operation. Attracting businesses to the area and a creating a cluster of varying companies will create a wide range of job and training opportunities.
If you would like to register an interest in job opportunities at PROTOS, email your CV and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include the word ‘JOBS’ in the subject line.
Your details will be held until any relevant jobs become available.
Why are links between education and enterprise important?
Such links are essential if we are to create a skilled workforce in the UK. Institutions such as the University of Chester can provide world-class facilities and expert support and resources. However links to businesses increase access to employers for students. This can provide them with the experience and exposure to forge a lasting career in highly-skilled sectors.
Protos is located within a region renowned for industry and manufacturing. By providing a link between education and industry, Protos can provide the setting for skilled individuals to be retained in the North of England and not lost overseas.
How can I find out what has been approved at PROTOS?
PROTOS has full outline consent and part detailed consent for energy generation and a Resource Recovery Park.
Relevant planning consent documents can be downloaded from the Documents page of this website.
What will be done to make sure the local area is protected during construction?
We expect that it will take around a year to deliver the infrastructure for phase one of Protos. During this time it is our goal to make sure disruption for the surrounding communities is kept to a minimum. The general hours of working will be between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, although there may be some works taking place at weekends.
All construction traffic will be routed via the A5117 and Pool Lane, turning right at the roundabout onto Grinsome Road. Marsh Lane will remain publicly accessible throughout our work.
Who will build Protos?
We have appointed a team of experienced contractors who will each be responsible for constructing different aspects of the development. The teams have set up their compounds on site and have now started work.
The main contractors will be Buckingham Group, who will be improving Grinsome Road and delivering a new roundabout, ecological areas and internal site roads.
Cheetham Hill Construction will also be working in the area. They will be creating a construction road within the development site, as well as constructing the 19-turbine wind farm.
When am I likely to see activity at the site?
Work has already begun to deliver some of the infrastructure for the Protos development site, such as access roads. Each contractor has also set their compound and you may notice vehicles from both Buckingham Group and Cheetham Hill Construction travelling to and from the site.
How will the community be kept informed about PROTOS?
There is an established Community Forum for the site that has been meeting on a regular basis since the planning period. Members include elected representatives from Cheshire West and Chester Council, surrounding parish and town councils, and non-voting members including Peel Environmental.
The Community Forum is intended to foster a dialogue between the local community and the project team, and answer any questions local people may have.
The Community section of this website will also be regularly updated as work progresses at the site and will include news updates and documents when appropriate.
We will also update the community via newsletter at major milestones throughout the delivery of Protos. These will be available to view online from the Downloads section of this website.
Are there benefits for the local community?
Yes. Our latest research shows that Protos could create around 3,000 jobs, including opportunities during both construction and operation.
There has also been a Community Benefit Fund established for the PROTOS development site. This will see £30,000 per year made available for local community causes. Voting members of the Community Forum are responsible for assessing bids and allocating funding to community projects.
How can I get in touch if I have a question?
If your question has not been answered on this page, you can complete the enquiry form on our Community contact page.
Alternatively you can submit your enquiry via your elected representative on the Community Forum. Visit the Community Forum page above for more information.
Have you checked our FAQ page? You may find we have already answered your question.
We understand that you may have questions about the PROTOS development. If you have any questions, comments, compliments or complaints, simply complete the form below. Please note, contact details are required in order for us to respond.
Alternatively, you can submit your query via your elected representative on the Community Forum. Visit the Community Forum page for details.