Hirwaun Power Station

Sylwadau a dderbyniwyd ynghylch Hirwaun Power Station

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Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Civil Aviation Authority
"From the associated material available via the Planning Portal we now understand the the maximum height of any associated structure is intended to be 35m (measured above ground level). Note: Input provided at the Scoping Stage was based upon a maximum height of 90m; hence the following will, in several areas will be substantially different to comment provided earlier in the planning process. On the basis of a maximum height of 35m, I trust the following comment is useful: • Aerodromes. In respect of any potential aerodrome related issue, I should highlight the need to check any safeguarding maps lodged with relevant planning authorities to identify any aerodrome specific safeguarding issues. Noting the presence that aerodrome safeguarding responsibility rests in all cases with the relevant aerodrome operator / licensee, not the CAA, it is important that the related viewpoints of any relevant aerodrome license holders / operators is established and planning deliberations take appropriate consideration of any issues highlighted. To that end I note the close proximity of Rhigos Airfield, the home of the Vale of Neath Gliding Club, the operators of which may have a related interest. • Aviation Warning Lighting. Given the assumed maximum height of associated structures (35m) I do not believe there to be a need for aviation warning lighting. For background: o In the UK, the need for aviation obstruction lighting on 'tall' structures depends in the first instance upon any particular structure's location in relationship to an aerodrome. If the structure constitutes an 'aerodrome obstruction' it is the aerodrome operator that with review the lighting requirement. For civil aerodromes, they will, in general terms, follow the requirements of CAP 168 - Licensing of Aerodromes. This document can be downloaded from the CAA website - Chapter 4 (12.8) refers to obstacle lighting. o Away from aerodromes Article 219 of the UK Air Navigation Order (ANO) applies. This Article requires that for en-route obstructions (ie away from aerodromes) lighting only becomes legally mandated for structures of a height of 150m or more. However, structures of lesser high might need aviation obstruction lighting if, by virtue of their location and nature, they are considered a significant navigational hazard. o In this case, unless there is an aerodrome-related requirement for aviation warning lighting (which, whilst unlikely, is for any aerodrome operator to comment upon) the CAA would not in isolation make any case for lighting on the associate proposed structures. o Notwithstanding the above, note that any crane of a height of 60m or more utilised during construction will need aviation warning lighting. • Gas Venting and/or Flaring. It is assumed that the Hirwaun Power Station is not intended to vent or flare gas either routinely or as an emergency procedure such as to cause a danger to overlying aircraft. If that is not the case parties are invited to contact the CAA for related discussion. • Aviation Promulgation. Any aerodrome-related issue aside, there are no aviation notification/promulgation issues; associated structure are not tall enough to warrant charting for civil aviation purposes. • Military Aviation. For completeness, the Ministry of Defence position in regards to the proposed development and military aviation activity should be established. • I should also add that that due to the unique nature of associated operations in respect of operating altitudes and potentially unusual landing sites, it would also be sensible to establish the related viewpoint of local emergency services air support units. It is possible that some or all of the issues have been considered and addressed within the associated documentation; I must concede that the CAA is not resourced such as to have been able to review all material. I hope this information matches your requirements. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if the Planning Inspectorate requires any further comment or needs clarification of any point. "
Sefydliadau Anstatudol
Design Commission for Wales
"The Design Commission for Wales commented on the Hirwaun Power Station Project through consultation via Design Review Meetings in 2014. The Commission is broadly supportive but wishes to ensure its comments on key matters, which are material and which have been set out in written Design Review Reports, are fully considered. To view the Design Review Report please click the link below: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Design-Review-Report-Hirwaun-Power_Final-Jan-2014.pdf If you are not able to open the link, please copy paste it into your browser."
Sefydliadau Anstatudol
Western Power Distribution
"WPD has the following apparatus within the area proposed for development: - 1 x 132kv Overhead Line - 5 x 33kV Overhead Lines - 33kV underground cables - 11kV underground cables - 1 x 33kV substation - 3 x 11kV substations. WPD would normally seek to retain the position of electricity circuits operating at 132,000 Volts (132kV) and 66,000 Volts (66kV) and in some cases 33,000 Volts (33kV), particularly if the diversion of such circuits placed a financial obligation on WPD to either divert or underground them. WPD would not be party to any planning or development consent application and any financial obligation would also go against the statutory and regulatory requirement on WPD to operate an economic and efficient electricity distribution system. During and following any development, WPD will require access to its substations, overhead lines and underground cables. Development over or in close proximity to underground cables or substations will require further analysis and confirmation from WPD as to suitability before it proceeds. Assuming access is available and the required minimum statutory clearances can be maintained to its overhead lines, WPD does not generally have any restriction on development in proximity to its strategic overhead lines but it would be sensible for the layout of the development to take WPD's requirements into account. WPD also need to be consulted prior to construction to ensure safety requirements in relation to working in close proximity to electricity lines/plant are met. Should the above apparatus be affected by the development, WPD would seek an agreement with the developers to either modify the development plans or agree to protect or divert these assets. WPD intend to enter into such an agreement prior to the commencement of development. "
Awdurdodau Lleol
Bridgend County Borough Council
"Dear Sir P/13/753/OBS - OBS APPLICATION FOR PROPOSED GAS FIRED POWER PLANT HIRWAUN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE RHONDDA CYNON TAFF I refer to the consultation dated 24th April 2014 in respect of the above. I would confirm that Bridgend County Borough Council has NO OBJECTION to make in respect of this proposal. Yours faithfully Phil Thomas for TEAM LEADER - DEVELOPMENT CONTROL "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
The Coal Authority
"The Coal Authority in its response to the EIA Scoping Opinion for this project highlighted that part of the site falls within the defined Development High Risk Area. Our records indicate that the southern part of the site is likely to have been subject to historic unrecorded underground coal mining at shallow depth and past surface coal mining activity. This coal mining legacy poses a potential risk to land stability. The Coal Authority is therefore pleased to note that Chapter 10 of the Environmental Statement affords due consideration to ground conditions and the impact of coal mining legacy on the site and the proposed development. Further to a review of existing sources of mining and geological information, the Environmental Statement concludes at paragraphs 10.7.16 and 10.9.4 that past mining activities pose a potential risk to the proposed development and that intrusive site investigations will be necessary prior to commencement of development in order to establish the exact situation regarding coal mining legacy issues on the site and to enable appropriate remedial measures to be identified and carried out, if necessary. Accordingly, The Coal Authority does not object to this application for a Development Consent Order, but would request that the undertaking of, and submission of details of, the recommended site investigations and any necessary remedial measures are made a requirement of the Development Consent Order."
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Canal & River Trust
"The Canal & River Trust (the Trust) is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales. We are among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites. Following the transfer of functions from British Waterways to the Trust in 2012, we are a statutory consultee in the development management process. Hoqever due to the location of this proposal the Canal wish to state that we have no interest in this development and do not intend to comment further or participate in the examination. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Welsh Government
"Further to letters dispatched by the developer in April and May, and having consulted colleagues, I would like to offer the following comments on behalf of the Welsh Government. Economic Development From an economic development perspective, we are supportive of the power plant proposal. The Power Generation Plant proposal with a peaking plant fired on natural gas could provide an important socio economic contribution in an area of higher than average unemployment. The plant as a peaking plant provides an important additional facility to add to energy security. Transport Having reviewed the ES documentation and appendices Transport Department colleagues can confirm that the proposed development will be accessed directly off the RCT County Road and that the likely traffic generation on the approaching Trunk Road (A465) will be low throughout the construction period of 22 months, only reaching a peak in late 2018 with approximately 91 employee movements if all are single occupancy vehicle movements However, we would draw the applicant’s attention to the proposed completion of the remaining two Sections of the A465 (Sections 5 and 6) which are due to be complete by 2020 and therefore these would be likely to be on site during the construction period of this Gas Fired Power Station. Therefore, there will be a need for the applicant to continue to liaise with the Welsh Government as Highway Authority for the Trunk Roads in Wales to ensure there is a deliverable programme of works for the two schemes. The applicant will also need to prepare a comprehensive Construction Traffic Management Plan to ensure that any AIL movements can be accommodated through any highway construction works that may be in place at the time of their proposed movement. The following information (appendix A) should be incorporated within the DCO in order to protect the free flow and safety of traffic on the trunk road. Appendix A Wording for the condition or requirement for a Construction Traffic Management Plan No development other than felling shall commence until a Construction Traffic Management Plan (TMP) has been submitted to and approved by both the Local Planning Authority and Welsh Government Transport, the Highway Authority for the Trunk Road Network (TRN) in Wales. The TMP shall detail the proposals for the movement of construction traffic and Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AIL) associated with wind farm development and shall include the following: (a) Construction vehicle routeing plans at 1:2,500 scale for all traffic including AIL showing swept path analysis from the point of entry onto the highway network to the site; and in reverse for decommissioning. (b) Construction vehicle routeing plans at 1: 2,500 scale for all traffic including AIL showing highway mitigation required and land ownership boundaries including identified holding areas, passing areas and layover areas. Any highway mitigation shall include supporting HD19/03 Safety Audit documentation. (c) No development shall commence until the land required for highway mitigation and holding areas has been acquired or made available for use. (d) Site access highway design plans at 1: 2,500 scale that shall include supporting HD19/03 Safety Audit documentation. (e) Detailed schedules of the management of junctions to and crossings of the public highway and other public rights of way during delivery of AIL, construction materials and other operating equipment. (f) The provision of delivery schedules detailing the time and date of movements, nature of delivery vehicles: particularly details of AIL detailing vehicle parameters, gross vehicle weight, number of vehicles in convoy size, dimensions (width, length, height) and weight (total vehicle with load and axel loading). (g) Details of AIL escorts highlighting where and when along the route private vehicles, banksman and Police vehicles escorts will be used. (h) Provision of plan drawings and associated traffic signs schedule highlighting locations along the route where temporary traffic management (cones, temporary signs, etc.) needs to be deployed. (i) An agreed impact assessment of AIL on all highway structures on the affected route, including bridges, culverts, retaining walls, embankments, drainage features, and third party buildings and structures shall be included in the TMP. (j) The making good of any incidental damage done by construction traffic associated with the proposed development to the trunk road and county road network including street furniture, structures, drainage features, highway verges and carriageway surfaces. (k) Documented trial runs with supporting videoed evidence shall be included in the TMP demonstrating the suitability of the entire transport route from point of entry onto the highway network to the site for all AIL and in reverse for the decommissioning of the windfarm. (l) The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved TMP. The applicant should consult with the Trunk Road Agent so that constraints on vehicle movements such as, embargo periods, route traffic sensitivity, temporary roadworks and other highway restrictions are included in the TMP. If deemed necessary by the Police or relevant Highway Authority, Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO) shall be required to facilitate the movement of AIL. The Highway Authority for County Roads is the local Authority and for the TRN the Welsh Government is the Highway Authority. TTRO approval of applications on TRN take up to 12 weeks. A Road Space Booking application shall be completed in advance of any TRN movements, are available from the relevant Trunk Road Agent and shall be completed by the applicant. Definitions • Swept path analysis – the calculation and analysis of the movement and path of different parts of a vehicle when that vehicle is undertaking a turning manoeuvre. At a basic level this includes calculating the path taken by each wheel during the turn and also calculating the space needed by the vehicle body during the turn. • HD 19/03 Road Safety Audit – Highways Directive for the mandatory requirement for Road Safety Audits on all trunk roads. It is contained within the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 5 Section 2 Part 2. "
Aelodau’r Cyhoedd/Busnesau
Enviroparks (Hirwaun) Limited
"Enviroparks (Hirwaun) Limited has detailed planning permission for an energy and resource recovery centre on a 8.54 ha site on Fifth Avenue, Hirwaun Industrial Estate. EHL is an energy company that has developed a concept of co-locating waste recycling, energy recovery and associated commercial operations on the same site or 'park'. The company’s approach is to recycle diverse waste streams using integrated advanced technologies to maximise recycling and energy generation with the minimum residual waste and environmental impact. EHL is working in partnership with several specialist technology providers to deliver its aims. The combination of technologies brought together by EHL is designed to ensure high levels of efficiency with regard to fuel preparation and electricity production. These technologies are intended to represent Best Available Techniques for the functions they serve. The site is crossed by the municipal boundary between Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCTCBC) and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA). Late in 2010 the two authorities granted full planning permission for: Development of a sustainable waste resource recovery and energy production park comprising 27,562 m2 of buildings and structures, including a 10,240 m2 building for use class B1 / B2 use; process buildings; a gatehouse and weighbridge; a visitor centre and administration building; a 20 MWe net capacity combined heat and power plant; with a 40 m ventilation stack; external anaerobic digestion, liquid and gas holding tanks; 30,352 m2 of internal roads and hardstandings; vehicular parking; external security lighting; 17,497 m2 of landscaping; vehicular ingress and egress from Fifth and Ninth Avenues, and associated utilities infrastructure. Matters addressed in planning conditions and s.106 obligations for the Enviroparks project include traffic management, the protection of water supply assets and measures to enhance habitat value of the nearby Blaen Cynon Special Area of Conservation, as compensation for potential nutrient nitrogen deposition from Enviroparks. EHL is in the process of discharging planning conditions and s.106 obligations to enable the first phase of the development to proceed. It is noted that Hirwaun Power Limited makes various references to the Enviroparks project in the assessments of cumulative effects in the environmental statement for its power station project. EHL has no wish to prevent or impede the power station development, but is concerned to ensure that the Examining Authority is accurately appraised of both the content and progress of the Enviroparks project and the environmental information that was submitted with its planning application. Enviroparks is thus applying to register as an Interested party, so that it can offer timely and relevant contributions at appropriate stages in the examination of the Hirwaun Power Limited project. "
Awdurdodau Lleol
Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
"I refer to the above application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), reference EN010059. It is understood that Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCT), as the “host” local authority for the above project, is already an “interested party” under the terms of the Infrastructure Planning (Interested Parties) Regulations 2010 and, therefore, does not need to register formally to take part in the examination process (if this is incorrect I would be grateful if you would advise me as soon as possible in order that the Council can register). RCT will be preparing a Local Impact Report (LIR) in due course and is likely to agree a Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) with the applicant prior to the commencement of the examination.. The Council recognises that the National Policy Statements (NPS) will provide the primary basis for decisions taken by the Secretary of State, however it is expected that the relevant national and local planning policies (contained within Planning Policy Wales and the Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Development Plan) also form part of the decision makers considerations. The principal issues to be considered by the RCT Council are: • Compliance with national and local planning policy; • The visual and landscape impact of the project, especially with regard to the setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and any associated mitigation proposed; • Consideration of the above in relation to both the “Rochdale envelope” and the likely design and scale of the final project; • The impact on protected species, biodiversity and habitats; • The effect of the project with regard to traffic, noise, air & water quality and other environmental effects • The impact of the development during the construction phase • Socio-economic impacts including any employment and regeneration impacts; • An assessment of the content of the DCO and relevant conditions (“requirements”) that could be applied in the DCO; It is acknowledged that some of these issues do not sit wholly within the responsibilities of the Council and the decision maker will need to have regard to the representations of other “interested parties” however we respectfully reserve the right to add further issues / comments in the LIR following discussions with other parties and a full appraisal of the application details. I would be grateful if you would contact me if you need any further clarification on any matter. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
"Whilst outside of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA), the project site, at its nearest, lies approximately 250m from the southern boundary of the National Park. The BBNPA raises significant concerns over the impact of the proposal on the special qualities of the National Park, in particular, but not limited to, the landscape and visual impact of the proposal and its impact upon ecological receptors within the National Park itself. Any development that has an affect on a National Park must have regard to the statutory purposes of its designation as set out in the Environment Act, and where there is a conflict between those two purposes, greater weight must be attached to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area comprised in the National Park Landscape and Visual Impacts The submitted information demonstrates that the proposal would be visible from the identified viewpoints within the National Park and hence wider areas within this southern fringe area, including heritage assets, with vertical features breaking the existing built height line thus interrupting views out of and into the National Park. Concerns are also raised in relation to the cumulative impact of this development in conjunction with both existing and planned development, and the development’s impact upon night-time views both individually and cumulatively and the impact this will have on the National Park’s International Dark Sky Status. The BBNPA will provide further written representations following a through assessment of the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment contained within the submitted Environmental Impact Assessment. Ecological Impacts The BBNPA has particular concerns over the impact of the development, mainly in terms of emissions, on ecological receptors within its boundary. It is understood that many designated and thus non-designated areas are already exceeding critical load levels and as such any additional impacts will only exacerbate the situation. This is of particular concern to the BBNPA given that the prevailing south-westerly winds will have the effect of the largest concentration of deposition occurring on sites to the north-east of the project site, which is predominantly within the National Park area as illustrated by Figures 6.5 – 6.8 of the ES. The BBNPA will provide written representations following a through assessment of the Ecological and Air Quality Assessments contained within the submitted Environmental Impact Assessment. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Cwm Taf Health Board
"The Health Board would wish to comment on aspects of the application relating to air, land and water quality, environmental noise, EMF radiation matters and any associated community health concerns. The Health Board would also wish to comment on any Health Impact Assessments that refer to any of the above matters or broader public health issues."
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
National Grid
"Representation by National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (NGET) and National Grid Gas Plc (NGG) to the Hirwaun Power (Gas Fired Power Station) Order National Grid Electricity Transmission and National Grid Gas Transmission have been liaising with the promoter in relation to the impacts of the proposed scheme on its existing apparatus, land interests and rights and will continue to work with the promoter in respect of agreeing a form of appropriate protective provisions. National Grid Electricity Transmission Infrastructure National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc’s (NGET) Rhigos substation site is located within close proximity to the proposed order limits and part of this land is included within the Order limits. In respect of existing NGET infrastructure, land and interests, NGET will require protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that these interests are adequately protected. Discussions are ongoing between the parties. National Grid Gas Transmission Infrastructure National Grid Gas Transmission has a high pressure gas transmission pipeline which lies in and within close proximity to the proposed order limits, this pipeline forms an essential part of the gas transmission network in England, Wales and Scotland. Details of the pipeline are as follows: ? Feeder Main 2 – Dowlais to Dyffryn Clydach In respect of existing NGG infrastructure, NGG will require appropriate protection for retained apparatus including compliance with relevant standards for works proposed within close proximity to gas apparatus. For example: T/SP/SSW22 “Safe working in the vicinity of National Grid high pressure gas pipelines and associated installations – requirements for third parties” and HS (G) 47 “Avoiding danger from underground services”. Further Comments National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc and National Grid Gas Plc wish to make a relevant representation to the proposed Order in order to protect their position in light of infrastructure, land and interests which are within or in close proximity to the proposed DCO boundary. National Grid’s rights to retain its apparatus in situ and rights of access to inspect, maintain, renew and repair such apparatus located within or in close proximity to the order limits including should be maintained at all times and access to inspect such apparatus must not be restricted. As a responsible statutory undertaker, National Grid’s primary concern is to meet its statutory obligations and ensure that any development does not impact in any adverse way upon those statutory obligations. National Grid reserves the right to make further representations as part of the examination process but in the meantime will continue negotiations with the promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreement. "
Awdurdodau Lleol
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
"Neath Port Talbot Country Borough Council (NPT) acknowledges the important role that ‘peaking’ generation plants play in the development of a comprehensive sustainable energy network based around renewable energy. However the provision of such facilities should not be at the cost of the communities in which they are located. The 5 hectare site of the main proposed power generation plant is located approximately 2.7km from the closest point of the Authority’s administrative boundary, while the proposed National Grid connection is located approximately 2.5km away at its closest. While these distances are sufficient to ensure that much of our County Borough would be unaffected by the proposed development, there remains potential for adverse impacts through the impact upon air quality, biodiversity and during the construction phase upon the existing highway network. As such, the Authority would wish the examining body to ensure that the proposed development has a robust strategy for monitoring and where necessary a comprehensive mitigation response to these potential impacts. This is of particular importance in regards to land within NPT’s boundary, in relation to the potential impacts upon Coedydd Nedd a Mellte SAC, which is located approximately 3.5km from the project site. While, the Authority is unaware of any specific cross-boundary ecological issues, we would recommend that the examination ensures that there is sufficient robustness within submission to ensure compliance within the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2012. The Authority does not intend submitted any further representations on this project."
Aelodau’r Cyhoedd/Busnesau
Barton Willmore on behalf of Tower Regeneration Limited
"Tower Regeneration Limited owns and controls land within which the proposed Above Ground Installation (AGI) at the point of connection for the gas pipeline is located. This element of the proposed scheme lies within the red line boundary for planning application ref: 10/0292/10, which was approved by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCTCBC) in December 2011 and allows for surface coal extraction and other associated works for a period of up to 8 years from the date of the commencement of extraction (i.e. March 2020) at Tower Colliery, Hirwaun. Subject to timing, the proposed AGI as identified intercepts existing drainage channels essential to the working of the western coal extraction area as approved in planning permission 10/0292/10 in addition to potentially hindering or preventing the implementation of excavation, drainage and restoration works both within the AGI and adjacent land of planning permission ref: 10/0292/10. Further, a full planning application to revise the extraction area approved under planning consent 10/0292/10 was submitted to RCTCBC in August 2013 (planning application ref: 13/0859/15). This seeks permission to extend the limit of excavation for coal extraction up to the western extent of Tower Colliery planning permission ref: 10/0292/10). The proposed AGI for the Hirwaun Power Station is partly contained within the proposed revised extraction area and therefore, subject to timing, could prevent extraction of the mineral in that area in addition to preventing the implementation of excavation, drainage and restoration works of adjacent land within planning application ref: 13/0859/15. In addition, the above revised extraction area application (planning application ref: 13/0859/15) necessitates the diversion of the gas pipeline which is not accounted for within the Hirwaun Power Station submission. This is contrary to paragraphs 11-20 of Mineral Planning Policy Wales, paragraphs 8, 22 and 34-43 of Minerals Technical Advice Note 2 and RCTCBC Local Development Plan (LDP) Policy AW 14, all of which seek to safeguard mineral deposits from sterilisation. We trust that these comments will be duly considered in the determination process. "
Sefydliadau Anstatudol
Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig
"1. D?r Cymru Cyfyngedig (DCC) is a statutory undertaker responsible for providing over three million people with a continuous, high-quality supply of drinking water and for taking away, treating and disposing of wastewater. DCC owns, operates, maintains, improves and extends the system of public sewers, water mains and associated apparatus together with treatment works and pumping stations and has corresponding statutory duties to ensure effectual drainage and for making available supplies of water. DCC’s primary concern within the context of this application for Development Consent therefore is to ensure that statutory obligations are met and that our customers and the environment are protected. 2. DCC has actively engaged with Hirwaun Power during the pre-application stage with regard to the potential impact of the proposed development upon DCC’s assets and apparatus. DCC will seek to work collaboratively with Hirwaun Power in this context to inform the examination of the application. 3. The specific concerns for DCC include, but are not limited to, the potential impact on: a. Penderyn Reservoir b. Hirwaun Water Treatment Works c. Hirwaun Wastewater Treatment Works d. Water resources e. Water quality f. DCC’s public sewers as a result of trade effluent discharges g. The structural integrity of DCC assets and apparatus h. DCC’s statutory rights of access to its sewers, watermains and associated apparatus i. DCC’s ability to fulfil its statutory obligations j. DCC’s land and associated rights 4. The Environmental Statement (‘ES’) refers to the presence of Hirwaun Water Treatment Works, Penderyn Reservoir and the associated catchment. The ES states that the effect of emissions from the proposed development upon water quality will be negligible. DCC need to understand more fully what the effects will be and how the ES arrived at such a conclusion. DCC also need further details of the water requirements for the proposed development in order to ensure that an adequate supply can be maintained for all DCC customers. 5. DCC advises that matters relating to emissions and their subsequent effect on water quality are considered carefully by the Examining Authority (ExA) during the examination of this application. DCC further advises that the impact from similar developments and the proposed development should be considered cumulatively by the ExA during the examination of this application. 6. DCC require details of whether it is the intention of the applicant to apply for discharge consent for trade effluent to discharge from the proposed development into the public sewer network. 7. DCC would welcome early engagement with Hirwaun Power in order to determine the potential impact of the proposed development upon Hirwaun Wastewater Treatment works. DCC has concerns about the impact of the development upon the capacity of the works and require further details from Hirwaun Power before submitting more detailed representations. 8. The draft DCO in its current form is inconsistent with DCC’s existing statutory rights and obligations. In this context DCC will engage with Hirwaun Power with a view to agreeing protective provisions for inclusion in Schedule 9 of the Draft Development Consent Order (‘DCO’). 9. In regard to land proposed to be compulsory acquired DCC will provide further information detailing DCC’s concerns for each affected plot. 10. DCC intends to make detailed representation on the draft DCO during the examination stage of this PA2008 process. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Natural Resources Wales
"The Natural Resources Body for Wales (NRW) has submitted a relevant representation on the DCO application, an outline of which is provided below. As previously discussed, the project is relevant to several aspects of the remit of NRW and so to ensure an appropriate level of detail is provided to you at this stage in the process our relevant representation has been submitted under separate cover (letter of 29 May 2014, ref: NRW-14-053681). Our relevant representation includes comments on the following subjects: - Air Quality Impacts - Statutory Nature Conservation Sites (SAC, SSSI) - Habitats Regulations Assessment - Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 - European Protected Species - Landscape and Visual Impacts - Land Potentially Affected by Contamination - Construction Phase elements (with reference to Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) - Mitigation & Monitoring To view the full representation please click on the link below: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Hirwaun-Power-Station-Relevant-Representations-29-5-14.pdf If you are not able to open the link, please copy paste it into your browser"
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Network Rail
"Network Rail has been consulted by Hirwaun Power Limited on the Draft Hirwaun Power (Gas Fired Power Station) Order 201[X]. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to comment on this Planning Policy document. Network Rail is a statutory undertaker responsible for maintaining and operating the country’s railway infrastructure and associated estate. Network Rail owns, operates, maintains and develops the main rail network. This includes the railway tracks, stations, signalling systems, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and viaducts. In this regard, please find our comments below. Please note that Network Rail have a statutory obligation to ensure the availability of safe train paths and as such we are required to take an active interest in any development activity adjacent to our property that potentially could affect the safe operation of the railway. On specific matters, clearly our interest is to protect the physical railway infrastructure and we need to be satisfied that there will be no adverse safety issues arising as a result of the development to users of the railway. We would have serious reservations if during the construction or operation of the site, abnormal loads will use routes that include Network Rail assets (e.g. Level Crossings, Bridges etc). Network Rail would request that contact is made with our Asset Protection Engineers email [email protected] to confirm if any proposed route is viable and to agree a strategy to protect our asset(s) from any potential damage caused by abnormal loads. I would also advise that where any damage, injury or delay to the rail network is caused by abnormal load (related to the application site), the applicant or developer will incur full liability. Any proposal that includes as part of the remit the installation of pipes etc under the railway to facilitate any these, Network Rail would object to pending negotiation/consents/agreements with our National Business Team. Network Rail would therefore suggest that the requirements drafted as part of the DCO should ensure that the proprietor of the scheme enters into an Asset Protection Agreement with Network Rail where they propose through their Construction Management Plan to cross the railway with heavy vehicles for materials and plant. The initial point of contact is [email protected] The department will provide all necessary Engineering support subject to a Basic Asset Protection Agreement. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
"This is the section 56 representation by Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network Rail”) regarding the proposed Hirwaun Power Station. Network Rail owns and operates Great Britain’s railway network and has statutory and regulatory obligations in respect of it. Network Rail is a statutory undertaker in respect of its railway undertaking. Network Rail is not listed in the Book of Reference for this project. However, Network Rail notes from the Figure 5 plan at page 89 of the Updated Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary that one of the options for the gas connection to the power station (gas route corridor 4) runs adjacent to part of the railway network and that a gas distribution line crosses over the railway. It appears that the blue dashed line representing “Gas Distribution” refers to an existing connection to National Grid’s National Transmission System, although this has not been clarified. If the Gas Distribution line is a proposed new connection to the National Transmission System or will result in works to widen / increase capacity of the Gas Distribution line where it crosses the railway, Network Rail will require protections to be agreed in relation to its land and the railway network. In particular, Network Rail objects to any proposed compulsory acquisition of its land or any rights in, over or under its land. It is appreciated that the proposed gas connection in the draft DCO Order follows gas route corridor 1 in figure 5, rather than 4, and in that case Network Rail has no objection to the proposed Order. However, should this position change, specific protections would again have to be agreed with Network Rail where those works may impact Network Rail’s land and / or the railway. This would take the form of protective provisions for the benefit of Network Rail within the schedules to the DCO and Network Rail would also ordinarily expect to agree an asset protection agreement and, where necessary, an easement."
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
Public Health England
"PHE is satisfied with the environmental impact assessment and supporting documentation submitted by the proposer and confirms that the development as proposed does not appear to pose any significant risk to public health. PHE does NOT wish to register an interest in the application at this time but will of course be willing to provide further comment or advice to the planning inspector if requested to do so before or during the examination. "
Ymgyngoreion Statudol Eraill
South Wales Police
"Please see the attached on behalf of South Wales Police in relation to the ongoing Hirwaun Power Project planning application To view the representation please click on the link below: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Hirwaun-Power-Project-South-Wales-Police-Relevant-Representation.pdf If you are not able to open the link, please copy paste it into your browser "