Reinforcement to North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network

Representations received regarding Reinforcement to North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network

The list below includes all those who registered to put their case on Reinforcement to North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network and their relevant representations.

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Members of the Public/Businesses
The Coal Authority
"I have checked the site location plan (DCO Document 2.1 Revision 1) against the information held by the Coal Authority and can confirm that the proposed development site is located outside of the defined coalfield. Accordingly, I can confirm that the Coal Authority has no comments or observations to make on this proposal. In the spirit of efficiency of resources and proportionality, it will not be necessary for you to consult the Coal Authority at any future stages of the Project. This letter can be used as evidence for the legal and procedural consultation requirements. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Keirnan Family
"The proposed layout of overhead lines appears to include a spur which runs to within a matter of feet from our residence. 1 Our main concern/objection is our sleeping within a few feet of any resultant electromagnetic field and the subsequent health risks involved, as outlined in numerous scientific studies 2 Is it really necessary, with such an expanse of farmland available, to site overhead power lines so close to dwellings which include listed buildings?"
Members of the Public/Businesses
SP Energy Networks
"SP Energy Networks manages and maintains the electricity distribution network on behalf of SP Manweb the distribution network operator and distribution network licence holder. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Highways England
"Dear Sir/Madam, Highways England as a statutory consultee have been notified of the acceptance of the above application for a Development Consent Order by yourselves. Highways England (“we”) has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport as strategic highway company under the provisions of the Infrastructure Act 2015 and is the highway authority for the Strategic Road Network (SRN) including the A5 trunk road. The proposed underground conduit for the A5 cable crossing and the use of an existing agricultural field access off the A5 as a temporary construction access have implications for the operation and safety of the A5. Highways England has been actively engaged in discussion with the applicant (including its consultants) since 2016 with a view to ensuring that the proposed development will not have a severe and detrimental impact on the SRN. At this stage no Statement of Common Ground exists between ourselves and the applicant. At the time of this submission the issues we consider outstanding are, in summary: General • Good practice is for a clause of the main Order text to give effect to the protective provisions. • The matter of use of the existing agricultural access to/from the A5 trunk road and the avoidance of the creation of any new access has interrelated requirements under the Highways Act (1980) Section 175b. The Order needs to confirm that no permanent rights of access are created by the Order and that the requirements of Section 175b are not engaged. The Order should confirm that the temporary works required to enable safe use of this access for purposes of construction activities will be removed when the authorised works are complete. • The Draft Order makes no reference to traffic signage required to make the temporary A5 use of the agricultural field access suitable for use as a construction access and therefore acceptable to Highways England. We consider this to be part of the development and should be recorded as such. Protective Provisions • Certain matters in the protective provisions, part 6 are not relevant to this application. • The protective provisions, part 6 need to make explicit reference to the need for geotechnical surveys as part of the design information for the trunk road works. • The deemed approval period for design and construction works associated with the A5, commencing at 28 days, is too short to enable completion of the necessary technical approvals processes required in accordance with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). • Highways England will appoint the Principal Designer (PD), necessary to meet the requirements of the Construction Design and Management Regulations (2015) to ensure its legal duties are disclosed. Payment for this will be required from the applicant. This should be detailed within the provisions. • Highways England has a two-stage certification process for the completion of works affecting trunk roads. During the certification period, Highways England will require a bond with a bondsman approved by Highways England on terms agreed by Highways England to be held against faulty workmanship and contractor insolvency. • The protective provisions need to state clearly that the temporary signage will need to comply with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (2016) and be approved by Highways England, including the process for design, approvals and works to be delivered in accordance to the DMRB. These requirements are not dissimilar from the requirements of the under-road conduit and therefore it is appropriate that clause 56(2) includes "temporary signage" as a specific definition. We will continue to engage with the applicant with the expectation of resolving these matters positively. However, until such time that all matters have been satisfactorily agreed we are not in a position to fully support the application and therefore issue this response to indicate our concerns with the DCO as submitted for examination. We can confirm that our current intention is to appear as an interested party at the examination hearings if the matters noted remain unresolved. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Eversheds Sutherland (Internatonal) LLP (Eversheds Sutherland (Internatonal) LLP) on behalf of National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc
"Representation by National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc to Reinforcement to the North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network Project (“the Project”) National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (“National Grid”) wishes to make a relevant representation to the Project in order to protect its position in relation to infrastructure and land which is within or in close proximity to the proposed Order limits. 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 should be maintained at all times and access to inspect and maintain such apparatus must not be restricted. The documentation and plans submitted for the Project have been reviewed in relation to impacts on National Grid’s existing apparatus and land interests located within this area. The ZZK067 400kv Overhead Line Ironbridge to Shrewsbury is included within the proposed Order limits and the Project proposed to cross underneath the Overhead Line. National Grid will require protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its interests are adequately protected and to ensure compliance with relevant safety standards. We note that a form of protective provisions for the benefit of National Grid have been included in the draft DCO submitted with the application by the Promoter. National Grid is liaising with the Promoter to agree a final form for these protective provisions for inclusion within the DCO along with any supplementary agreements which may be required. National Grid will keep the Examining Authority updated in relation to these discussions. 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 negotiate with the Promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreement. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Inland Waterways Association on behalf of Inland Waterways Association, Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch
"The Inland Waterways Association wishes the visula impact on the Montgomery Canal to be minimised. This should be done by passing the line under the canal rather than by an overhead cable. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP) on behalf of Severn Trent Water Limited
"This registration is submitted on behalf of Severn Trent Water Limited (“STW”), a statutory water and sewerage undertaker appointed under the Water Act 1989, with statutory duties to carry out water supply and sewerage functions throughout its appointed area, including North Shropshire where the works are proposed to be carried out under the development consent order, if confirmed. STW owns and operates assets which are located in close proximity to the proposed works; in a number of locations, the proposed works will cross STW’s assets. These assets consist principally of two categories, namely (1) public water mains and (2) public sewers, all of which are kept and maintained pursuant to statutory powers. It is essential that these assets remain in continuous operation in order to ensure the provision of water supplies to, and the effectual removal of sewage from, household and non-household customers. STW has reviewed the terms of the protective provisions within Schedule 6 Part 2 of the draft DCO, namely provisions for the protection of electricity, gas, water and sewerage undertakers. The protective provisions which are relevant to and reasonably required by a water undertaker are not necessarily the same as those required by a sewerage undertaker, and certainly not the same as the requisite provisions for an electricity or gas undertaker. Whilst Schedule 6 Part 2 includes certain provisions with which STW is content, taken as a whole it does not provide STW with the necessary degree of protection to ensure that STW will remain able to deliver its essential public services at all times during the implementation of the reinforcement works to North Shropshire electricity distribution network. Any works required to be carried out on STW’s water supply assets must be planned and performed to avoid risk of supply interruption, supply contamination, or damage to the integrity of the water network. Any works required to be carried out on STW’s sewerage assets must be planned and performed to avoid risk of service interruption, harm to human health, damage to the integrity of the sewerage network, or environmental damage. Further, it is essential to STW that in the event of any alteration to or relocation of its assets, such work is carried out pursuant to STW’s statutory powers, so as to ensure that both existing and new water supply and sewerage assets unquestionably form part of STW’s statutory undertaking. STW therefore intends to seek to conclude an agreement with SP Manweb PLC, incorporating appropriate provisions to enable STW to ensure that delivery of its statutory functions and essential public services are not put at risk. Such agreement is likely to stipulate the interaction between the parties to a greater extent than is the case under Schedule 6 Part 2. Discussions between the two parties have commenced, albeit they are at an early stage. Pending conclusion of such an agreement, STW wishes to register its interest, in order to afford the opportunity to submit further representations to the inquiry, if necessary, and to safeguard the ongoing delivery of these essential public services. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Environment Agency
"The Environment Agency have been engaged in discussions, over recent years, with SP Energy with regards the proposed works and the potential impacts on matters within our remit. The submitted information offers a fair representation of those discussions and we are satisfied that the proposed works can be undertaken within impact on flood risk, protected species within our remit, or the wider water environment. The proposed works will involve the crossing of two main rivers (River Perry and River Roden and unnamed Tributary to the Roden), which fall under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency. Additionally, there are number of small, ordinary watercourses, which cross, or run in close proximity to, the various route options. In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the development (which is taken as ‘essential infrastructure’) should be located outside of the 1% plus climate change fluvial floodplain. However, whilst we would recommend that development is kept outside the 1% plus climate change floodplain by siting within Flood Zone 1, if the proposed development is essential and necessary in the floodplain, such as in this instance, we raise no concerns relating to impact on flood storage, or flows, given the type of application/likely impact. As stated in section 6.1.7 of the submitted FRA a Flood Risk Activity Permit (FRAP) is required for any works within 8 metres of the top of bank of both the River Perry and Roden (both Main River). In this instance the proposed works would be classed as an exempt activity. In addition to this a FRAP is also required for the overhead line crossing the Environment Agency’s flood defence structure located adjacent to the River Roden. In this instance a Bespoke Permit is likely to be required as confirmed within Table 2.1 of the ‘Other Consents and Licences Report (Document Reference 5.5). Through the consultation process we initially raised concerns in relation to the positioning of one pole on the abovementioned Common Wood flood bank (referenced in the submitted Consultation Report (Document Reference 5.1). Following discussions this pole was moved away from the bank to ensure no impact on the integrity of our structure. Chapter 9 of the Environmental Statement (Document Reference 6.9) reiterates the flood risk considerations along with those relating to water quality within the project area. Again, this document was forged through discussion with the Environment Agency. Specifically we highlighted the proximity of the Shropshire Groundwater Scheme. Whilst adjacent to the project area there is no crossover, or impact, on the scheme (paragraph 9.5.18 refers). In October 2018 we reviewed and provided comment on the Draft Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), including reference to pollution prevention, impacts on groundwater and the protection of water voles, which has informed the latest iteration (Document Reference 6.3.2). With regards water voles, and the potential for habitat enhancement initiatives, we have fed into the draft Habitat Improvement Strategy which is being developed in partnership with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. We welcome this partnership with SP Energy and the potential for delivering net gain for biodiversity as well as protection of habitat and species during it’s the construction phase. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP) on behalf of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
"We are instructed by Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network Rail”) in relation to the development consent application made by SP Manweb PLC (“the Promoter”) for the installation of a 132kv underground cable and a 132kv electric line above ground in Shropshire to undertake lower voltage line diversions and works to the Oswestry and Wem substations (“the DCO Scheme”). This section 56 Representation is made on behalf of Network Rail. Network Rail is a statutory undertaker responsible for maintaining and operating the country’s railway infrastructure and associated estate. Network Rail owns and operates Great Britain’s railway network and has statutory and regulatory obligations in respect of it. Network Rail aims to protect and enhance the railway infrastructure and therefore any proposed development on, over or under the railway network or which is adjacent to and interfaces with the railway network or potentially affects Network Rail’s land interest will be carefully considered. The proposed DCO Scheme includes powers to permit the Promoter to construct and maintain a 32kv electric line above ground mounted on trident wood pole structures. This is identified as Work No.3 in Schedule 1 of the DCO and detailed on Sheet No.3 of the DCO Works Plans. A section of Work No. 3 is proposed to cross above the Shewsbury to Chester Line between Shewsbury and Gobowen railway station at a location near Babbinswood, Shropshire. This section of railway is owned, operated and maintained by Network Rail and is identified on the DCO Land Plans (Sheet No.3) and Book of Reference plot 58. The section of Work No. 3 which crosses the railway is proposed to be supported by poles numbered 17 and 18. These poles are located either adjacent to or within the Network Rail railway land identified as plot 58. In addition, the proposed DCO scheme included powers to permit the Promoter to remove existing 11kv and 33kv overhead lines and construct underground 11kv and 32kv cables. These works are identified as Works No. 4a and 4b in Schedule 1 of the DCO and are detailed on Sheet No.3 of the DCO Works Plans. Sheet No.3 in both the DCO Works Plans and Land Plans identifies the location of both Works No. 4a and 4b as being directly adjacent and parallel to the operational Network Rail railway described in the paragraph above. As described above, due to the proposed DCO scheme seeking to authorise work either on, above or adjacent to Network Rail’s operational railway and works which may impede Network Rail’s ability to ensure the safe, efficient and economical operation of the railway network, Network Rail requires certain standard protections for the benefit of the operational railway and to manage this interface. Network Rail’s requirements for the protection of its operational railway and associated railway infrastructure are set out in further detail in this representation. Network Rail’s Protective Provisions Network Rail is pleased to note that the Promoter has included Protective Provisions for the protection of Network Rail in Part 3 of Schedule 6 to the draft DCO which appear to have been based upon Network Rail’s standard Protective Provisions. The inclusion of Network Rail’s standard form Protective Provisions in both TWAOs and DCOs is well precedented and includes, for example, protections for compulsory purchase of Network Rail’s land and interests and processes for approving works on or affecting the railway. However, a number of amendments to Network Rail’s standard Protective Provisions have been made to those contained in the draft DCO to which Network Rail cannot agree. On this basis, Network Rail objects to the DCO as currently drafted. Network Rail has highlighted these points to the Promoter. At the time of drafting this representation no comments or agreement to the required amendments have been made by the Promoter. In addition to protective provisions for the benefit of Network Rail being included in the Order, Network Rail also requires the Promoter to enter into an asset protection agreement to ensure the appropriate and necessary technical, engineering and safety requirements for working on or near Network Rail’s operational railway are applied to the DCO Scheme. It is noted that works detailed in Work Nos. 3, 4a and 4b relate to works on or adjacent to Network Rail’s existing operational railway and railway infrastructure. This work would be covered by the asset protection agreement to be entered into. Protection from Compulsory Acquisition Network Rail is also an affected landowner. There are references in the DCO Book of Reference to land for which Network Rail is the owner and occupier. See plot 58 in the DCO Book of Reference. Whilst Network Rail does not object in principle to the DCO, Network Rail does object to the powers contained in articles 18, 23, 26 and 27 of the draft DCO authorising the Promoter to compulsory acquire rights in or over land, or temporarily use land, which forms part of Network Rail’s operational railway land and which Network Rail relies upon for the carrying out of its statutory undertaking. Furthermore any temporary use of or entry upon Network Rail’s operational railway can only be granted with Network Rail’s consent as any such use of the railway must be in accordance with the statutory requirements imposed on Network Rail as operator of the railway network and all requirements necessary to ensure the safe operation of the railway. Any acquisition of permanent rights could only be granted with Network Rail’s consent and would require an easement agreed with Network Rail. It would also need to go through Network Rail’s land clearance process as required by Network Rail’s Network Licence. This process includes internal consultation with various railway stakeholders. Although there have been some informal discussions with the Promoter, there has been no formal request to Network Rail in this regard. Removal of objections It is acknowledged that discussions with the Promoter to date are on-going. If the following criteria are met, then it is anticipated that Network Rail would be in a position to withdraw the objections made above:- 1. Network Rail’s required amendments to the protective provisions are to be included in the Order for the DCO Scheme; 2. the Promoter enters into any requested Deed of Undertaking/Framework Agreement to provide formal protection for Network Rail’s statutory undertaking; 3. any required easement, licences and asset protection agreements or any other required agreements are entered into in respect of addressing both the acquisition of rights over and/or temporary use of Network Rail’s existing operational land and carrying out of works in, over or adjacent to Network Rail’s existing operational land; and 4. Network Rail is provided clearance to enter into any of the agreements referred to above following internal consultation with affected stakeholders across the business. Network Rail reserves its position, both in representation and in submissions at hearings, to seek the amendments to the draft Order to ensure protective provisions are inserted for the benefit of Network Rail’s operational infrastructure, which is affected by the DCO Scheme. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Shropshire Council
"Shropshire Council has the status of a prescribed consultation body under Regulation 9 of The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (as amended), and we therefore welcome the opportunity to comment and to register its interest in this proposal ahead of the examination. It should be noted Shropshire Council has been working collaboratively with SP Manweb project team since 2016 through a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), in order to identify the likely environmental impacts of this planned project from an early stage. This has included input into early non-statutory consultation on alternative route options as well as more general pre-application advice. Whilst the PPA does not feter Shropshire Council’s role as a statutory consultee in responding to this consultation, it has allowed an open discussion between the parties on aspects of the scheme, and has helped to address issues early and, where appropriate, the proposal of mitigation measures. The Council will prepare a Local Impact Report in line with the timescales to be determined by the examination in order to set out clearly our comments on the application. However at this stage, and in accordance with previous responses provided to Scottish Power at the pre-application stages, the Council would like to highlight the following key points: • Shropshire Council gives in principle support to the proposed route of the proposed 132kv wood line between Oswestry and Wem; • It is recognized that the proposal represents a significant investment of around £18million and that the provision of additional electricity capacity is needed in order to support the successful delivery of the Council’s adopted and emerging Local Plans and the aspirations of the adopted Economic Growth Strategy; • It is considered SP Manweb have undertaken a robust and comprehensive Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) which has benefited from early and ongoing discussions with Council officers and the wider public; • It is acknowledged that the new 132kv circuit is proposed to be carried on wooden poles using a trident design. This design feature has been considered in responding to PEIR in assessing the overall environmental impact of the proposal. • At this stage it is considered the Council consider there are no significant matters identified relating to the impact upon landscape, heritage, ecology or access resulting from the proposed line route which cannot be mitigated; • The Council considers SP Manweb’s approach to consultation has been appropriate and followed the proposals as set out in their Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Canal & River Trust
"Dear Sir / Madam, Re: Reinforcement to the North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network – Interested Party The Canal & River Trust (“The Trust) has provided comments in relation to the section 42 consultation in February and May 2018 and wish to register and comment as an interested party for the Examination relating to the above project. As you will be aware, the Trust is a statutory undertaker for the purposes of S.127 Planning Act 2008 ("the 2008 Act") and a statutory party for the purposes of s.88(3)(c) of the 2008 Act. In addition, the Trust are also a landowner. We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2000 miles of canals & rivers. Our waterways contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the strategic and local green-blue infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats. By caring for our waterways and promoting their use we believe we can improve the wellbeing of our nation. Specifically, in relation to the above Project the Trust are concerned with the protection of the Montgomery Canal and associated infrastructure. The representations made here are without prejudice to further / amended representations which the Trust may make following a comprehensive review of the documentation published in respect of the Project. Currently we intend to make submissions in relation to the following: - Impact on the heritage, character and amenity - Natural environment (inc Noise / Air Quality) - Draft Development Consent Order - Draft Protective Provisions Impact on the heritage, character and amenity. The Trust have previously raised concerns with regards to the visual impact of the proposals on the canal which include an overhead crossing of the Montgomery Canal. A unique attraction of the Montgomery Canal is based on its visual amenity value, in addition to its significance as a heritage and wildlife corridor and as a sustainable transport route. It is essential that the amenity value of the canal is protected, and that no development takes place that may adversely affect the experience of waterway users. The Trust previously advised that in assessing the visual, ecological and heritage impacts of the overhead line the Environmental Statement should provide clear, detailed comparison of the impacts of an underground line to an overhead line. The Trust do not consider that this issue was properly addressed as part of the pre-application consultation. The Applicant advised that concerns with regards to undergrounding the line in the vicinity of the Canal will be addressed in the documentation now submitted. The Trust will therefore require further opportunity to consider the details before any further representations are made but at this stage the Trust are not convinced that appropriate assessments have been undertaken to determine whether the undergrounding of the line in the vicinity of the Canal is a viable option. Natural Environment (jnc Noise and Air Quality) As identified within the submission a section of the Montgomery Canal is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Although the canal is designated primarily for aquatic wildlife, it is also important as a flight line for birds and bats. Therefore, it must be ensured that any overhead cable crossings have measures in place that reduce the chance of cable strikes by birds. Additionally, any construction phase activities should be kept away from the canal corridor to minimise any disturbance to the corridor. The height of the overhead lines over the canal must be sufficient to ensure that access along the towpath to carry out essential maintenance and repair of the canal infrastructure is not restricted. The height of any overhead lines must also be sufficient to ensure that boaters, towpath users, anglers and wildlife are not adversely affected. The power-line will require a localised “no fishing” safety restriction and anglers will need to be advised of the power lines via measures such as totem posts with no fishing signs on them installed on the towpath. The Trust do not consider that these issues were properly addressed as part of the pre-application consultation. The Applicant advised that the concerns would be addressed in the documentation now submitted. The Trust will therefore require further opportunity to consider the details before any further representations are made. One fundamental point that the Trust do wish to reiterate at this stage, however, is that the Trust do not consider that it is appropriate or necessary for rights/interests to be compulsorily acquired from the Trust. The Applicant is required to contact Philippa Walker, Utilities Surveyor ([email protected]) to discuss the necessary agreements / rights they will require in order to deliver the Project. Draft Development Consent Order (DCO) There are a number of provisions within the draft DCO which will impact on the Trust and the interests it seeks to protect and promote as owner and operator of the Montgomery Canal and associated infrastructure. The draft DCO was not available as part of the pre-application consultation. The Trust are in the process of reviewing this document with the aim of providing initial comments to the Applicant. The Trust do however require further opportunity to consider the detail of these provisions in light of the documents now submitted before any further representations are made. Draft Protective Provisions The draft Protective Provisions were made available to the Trust just prior to the formal submission being made. However, in the absence of the draft DCO or other Application documentation it was difficult to make a full assessment of the draft Protective Provisions. The Trust therefore require further opportunity to consider the detail of these provisions in light of the documents now submitted before any further representations are made. Yours sincerely, Anne Denby MRTPI Area Planner "
Members of the Public/Businesses
NFU
"IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER AND IN THE MATTER OF THE REINFORCEMENT TO NORTH SHROPSHIRE ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION NETWORK AND IN THE MATTER OF THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION ______________________________ OUTLINE REPRESENTATIONS ________________________ The NFU is a professional body which represents the interests of farmers and growers in England and Wales. Our comments will be on behalf of our farming members affected by this proposed scheme. 1. The NFU’s priority is to ensure that major infrastructure projects do not damage agricultural land or negatively affect farming businesses. 2. Ensure that farming businesses along the route are well informed throughout the process. 3. Developments in agriculture and the use of modern, larger machinery have significantly improved field work rates. Therefore time lost when navigating around these structures, loss of yield and various additional costs incurred, will have a much greater impact on farming businesses. 4. The easement payment being offered at the present time in the heads of terms is only for 20 years. This is not an acceptable payment for the interference and impact that this infrastructure will have on farming operations and the loss of production on agricultural land. 5. SP Energy Networks, contractors and associated bodies to follow best practice and to respect the wishes and needs of landowners and occupiers in terms of their business interests. 6. SP Energy Networks must identify how soil, field drainage and water supplies will be treated during and post construction. 7. SP Energy Networks should liaise closely with farmers prior to site entry and during construction, to identify any opportunities to mitigate potential impacts on the agricultural ground and operations. 8. Land taken on a temporary basis must be returned and reinstated in no worse a condition than that which is suitable for agricultural production. 9. We would impress upon SP Energy Networks the benefits of regular dialogue with the NFU and their members. 10. The NFU intends to lodge full Written Representation in due course and requests to make oral representations at any hearings which may be held. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Public Health England
"Thank you for your consultation regarding the above development. Public Health England (PHE) welcomes the opportunity to comment on your proposals at this stage of the project and can confirm that:- We note that the developer has scoped out at the earlier stage all issues that could potentially have been a concern in terms of impacts on human health. With respect to Registration of Interest documentation, we are reassured that earlier comments raised by us on 2nd February 2018 have been addressed. In addition, we acknowledge that the Environmental Statement (ES) has not identified any issues which could significantly affect public health. We have no additional comments to make at this stage and can confirm that we have chosen NOT to register an interest with the Planning Inspectorate on this occasion. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Yours sincerely Environmental Public Health Scientist [email protected] "
Members of the Public/Businesses
The Woodland Trust
"The Woodland Trust welcomes the opportunity to register a representation to the following project. We hold serious concerns with regards to the potential impact to 18 trees within the route of the electric line, recognised as veteran/notable within the arboricultural report. Of the 18 trees, five are outlined to be felled to facilitate the development. It is essential that no trees displaying veteran characteristics are lost to facilitate the following scheme, and are adequately protected in line with Natural England’s Standing Advice which states: “A buffer zone around an ancient or veteran tree should be at least 15 times larger than the diameter of the tree. The buffer zone should be 5m from the edge of the tree’s canopy if that area is larger than 15 times the tree’s diameter.” Similarly, the Trust is concerned about the impact of the scheme on Long Wood, an area of potentially unmapped ancient woodland (at grid reference: SJ3114129984) which borders the works boundary. It is recommended that further discussions with Natural England occur, to determine the ancient woodland status of Long Wood, as ancient woodland is an irreplaceable habitat. In summary, the Woodland Trust objects to the proposed development on the grounds of impact to veteran trees and potentially unmapped ancient woodland. We hope our comments are of use to you. "