Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1

Received 19 February 2020
From Health And Safety Executive

Representation

Please find HSE's Relevant Representation below: • HSE’s overall land use planning advice (Reference: ‘HSE’s Land Use Planning Methodology’), in relation to the aforementioned Major Hazard Installation and Major Accident Hazard Pipelines, is to not advise against the proposed development. • With reference to drawings contained within document ‘Portishead Branch Line (MetroWest Phase 1), TR040011, Applicant: North Somerset District Council 2.4 – General Arrangement Plans, The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009, regulation 5(2)(o), Planning Act 2008 Author: CH2M Date: November 2019’, the proposed development area falls within HSE public safety zones associated with a Major Hazard Installation & Major Accident Hazard Pipeline(s). • The Major Hazard Installation is the former Coleman UK site at Gordano Gate, Portishead. Although the route of the proposed Portishead Branch Line (MetroWest Phase 1) lies outside the HSE consultation distance of the former Coleman UK site at Gordano Gate, Portishead, the proposed changes to the road and footpath in Quays Avenue lie within the middle and outer zones of the consultation distance. • As these proposals involves a single carriageway road, the sensitivity level (SL) of the proposed development is SL1. As HSE does not advise against SL1 developments within any zone, we therefore would not advise against the granting of planning permission for this element of the proposed development. • HSE has identified two Major Accident Hazard Pipelines (Natural Gas), Operator Wales and West Utilities, which traverse the proposed railway development in the vicinity of Lodwey: - Hallen / Nailsea (Duplicate, Ref:HD) [Transco ref: 1479, HSE ref 7210] - Hallen / Nailsea (Ref:HN) [Transco ref: 1494, HSE ref 7224] The route of the proposed Portishead Branch Line (MetroWest Phase 1) lie within the Inner, middle and outer zones of the consultation distances at this location. • As the proposed development involves a railway, the sensitivity level (SL) of the proposed development is SL1. As HSE does not advise against SL1 developments within any zone, we therefore would not advise against the granting of planning permission for this element of the proposed development, providing appropriate separation distances/protection measures are put in place for pipelines, which either run parallel with any proposed track routing and/or which the railway transverses. • Please note that, should a new Major Accident Hazard Pipeline be introduced or existing Pipeline modified prior to the determination of the present application, then HSE reserves the right to revise its advice. • Likewise, if prior to the determination of the present application, a Hazardous Substances Consent be granted for a new Major Hazard Installation or a Hazardous Substances Consent is varied for an existing Major Hazard Installation in the vicinity of the proposed project, then HSE reserves the right to revise its advice.