Piblinell Carbon Deuocsid HyNet North West

Nid safbwyntiau’r Arolygiaeth Gynllunio yw’r rhai a fynegir ar y dudalen hon. Yr hyn a ddangosir yma yw cynnwys a gyflwynwyd i’r Arolygiaeth Gynllunio gan y cyhoedd a phartïon eraill â buddiant, sy’n rhoi eu barn ynglŷn â’r cynnig hwn.

Piblinell Carbon Deuocsid HyNet

Derbyniwyd 13/01/2023
Gan Fisher German LLP on behalf of Messrs J Wrench & Son


1. Notwithstanding the number and extent of intrusive and non intrusive surveys undertaken on the subject land, there is no clear indication as to the exact line of the pipeline and the associated easement. This uncertainty causes concern to the landowner/occupier and it is not acceptable that they have been requested to enter into agreements with such uncertainty as to the rights that will be taken through the property and limits the ability to plan and make long term decisions for the subject property. 2. The requirement for an easement width of 24m is excessive and has not been justified. This potentially sterilizes a large area through the subject property and where relevant will prevent appropriate development and restrict other operations including some agricultural operations. 3. Heads of Terms and an Option Agreement have been submitted to which there are grave reservations and concerns. Despite representations made to the Heads of Terms, no response has been received and they remain in a format which is totally unacceptable. 4. The extent of the land included within the Option Agreement is excessive and beyond what is reasonably required for the construction of the pipeline which relates to Point Nos. 1 & 2. The area of land in the proposed Option Agreement is consequently sterilized for the period of the option which is potentially up to 8 years. 5. There are no proposals or specifications in relation to all aspects of accommodation works required, both during and post construction, to include land drainage, fencing, retention of all utility services, crossing points to working width, timescale and specification for reinstatement and other such day to day encumbrances. 6. There is no indication within the proposals (though the Heads of Terms are requesting the grant of such rights) as to the number, size and location of manholes, vents, marker posts and other such structures which may be constructed along the line of the pipe. There is no provision for agreement with the affected landowner/occupier as to the location of these structures. 7. Health Concerns - There remains serious concerns that a pressurised pipeline carrying potentially poisonous or noxious gases in close proximity to residential, agricultural and commercial properties will provide a health and safety issue to those properties with potential impact upon occupiers, soils, drainage networks and also upon potential capital and rental values. 8. The ongoing uncertainty as to the exact location of the pipeline and the associated easement together with the excessive extent of the option area potentially places a blight upon the subject property in relation to valuation and possible near future sales. Assurances are sought that any diminution in the value of the property ahead of construction of the scheme will be compensated for. 9. Drainage and soil fertility – There is a concern that the construction phase will have a detrimental impact to the land drainage, particularly where the land has relied on natural drainage and therefore assurances are required that an appropriate land drainage scheme is prepared and agreed with the Landowner/occupier before commencement. 10. Insurance – In some instances Landowners/Occupiers have raised the proposed pipeline project with their insurers, particularly where the route is close to residential properties and buildings. In the event that annual insurance premiums are increased in view of the potential risks posed by the new pipeline, confirmation is required that HYNET will reimburse the Landowner/Occupier for the increased premiums in perpetuity. 11. The proximity of the proposed pipeline to the farm buildings at Beeches Farm will ultimately sterilize an area which has been set aside for building expansion. 12. The removal of land for a compound site during the construction phase will have a serious impact to the farm’s grazing and forage areas for the dairy herd. The reduced grazing area will require the herd to be buffer fed inside the farm buildings which has financial implications to the business. Messrs Wrench have a specific number of days stipulated within their milk contract where the herd are permitted to be inside. Any breach of this clause will result in financial penalties to the business. In addition to the cost of sourcing additional buffer feed, there will be an increase to the carbon footprint of the farm business, which again will be subject to penalties from milk purchaser.