M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 09 April 2020
From Ardent Management on behalf of Cadent Gas Limited

Representation

Representation on behalf of Cadent Gas Limited (Cadent) to the M54 to M6 Link Road Development Consent Order (DCO) Cadent is a licensed gas transporter under the Gas Act 1986, with a statutory responsibility to operate and maintain the gas distribution networks in North London, Central and North West England. Cadent’s primary duties are to operate, maintain and develop its networks in an economic, efficient and coordinated way. Cadent wishes to make a relevant representation to the M54 to M6 Link Road DCO in order to protect its position in light of infrastructure which is within or in close proximity to the proposed DCO boundary. Cadent’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 should be maintained at all times and access to inspect such apparatus must not be restricted. The documentation and plans submitted for the above proposed scheme have been reviewed in relation to impacts on Cadent’s existing apparatus located within this area, and Cadent has identified that it will require adequate protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its apparatus and land interests are adequately protected and to include compliance with relevant safety standards. Cadent has a medium pressure and a high pressure (major accident hazard) gas pipeline and associated below or above ground apparatus located within the order limits which is affected by the proposed link road. Highways England requires a section of Cadent’s high pressure gas pipeline to be diverted, but these diversions have not yet reached detailed design stage and so the positioning, land and rights required for the gas diversion included within the DCO may not be sufficient for Cadent. Cadent will not decommission its existing apparatus and/or commission new apparatus until it has sufficient land and rights in land (to its satisfaction) to do so, whether pursuant to the DCO or otherwise. This is a fundamental matter of health and safety. Cadent’s high pressure gas pipeline is affected in two sections by the proposed road scheme. The first section is covered by sheet 3 of the works plans and the pipeline would predominantly be within work no. 75 (hedgerow and species rich grassland). Hedgerow planting over or in close proximity to the high pressure pipeline would need to be carefully designed and agreed with Cadent to ensure it didn’t restrict access to maintain the pipeline. The second section is shown by sheet 4 of the works plans and the proposed diversion of the high pressure pipeline is indicated by work no. 68. A section of the proposed diversion runs through work no. 79 (woodland planting). It would not be acceptable to plant trees over the diverted high pressure pipeline as it would remove access and the roots could damage the pipeline. It is important that sufficient rights are granted to allow Cadent to maintain its gas distribution network in accordance with its statutory obligations. As a responsible statutory undertaker, Cadent’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. Adequate protective provisions for the protection of Cadent’s statutory undertaking have not yet been agreed between the parties. Cadent wishes to reserve the right to make further representations as part of the examination process but in the meantime will continue to engage with the promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreement.