Eggborough CCGT

Representations received regarding Eggborough CCGT

The list below includes all those who registered to put their case on Eggborough CCGT and their relevant representations.

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Members of the Public/Businesses
Alan Rhodes
"Employment and social facilities for the local community. As an Eggborough resident and a former secretary of the Sports & Social club, I want to know what the future is for these issues. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Christopher Frank Pearson
"I have concerns about the route of the gas pipeline and it's effects on the drainage of the farming land that this crosses."
Members of the Public/Businesses
Jamie Turner on behalf of Geeta Sahay
"Residents at Haddlesey Manor have received this consultation letter as EPL considers that they have an interest in the Application, given that their property is situated directly next to the gas supply pipeline proposed for this development. This property can be clearly seen on the map on Hirst Road, near to Eastfield Road. The residents would like to know more about the following: 1) How long will the digging of the trench and the laying of the above pipeline take, and how will this impact on the property, in terms of: - access to the property (will the road required to be closed for long periods of time, given that the proposed route cuts across the through road); - the closing of public footpaths in the area. 2) Will the work that will need to take place here impact on the residence in terms of noise pollution, workers on site at hours beyond 9 to 5 oclock on weekdays, and the need for heavy/large vehicles to travel down Eastfield Road, thus eroding an already poorly maintained road? Can the residents receive assurance that work to be done here is confined within the hours of 9 and 5 and on weekdays only? 3) What is the proposed work to be done to rectify any damage done by the work to lay the pipeline? Will the local environment be restored to its original setting after the work is done? This work can be used as an opportunity to improve the roads and infrastructure in this area, and boost the long term natural environment. How is this opportunity being catered for within current development plans? 4) Are there any safety issues that the residents should be concerned about in terms of being situated so closely to such a gas pipeline? Can the residents receive assurance that there are no risks inherent in these works? 5) What are the avenues in which to receive compensation for the extent of disruption that will be caused by this development? Yours sincerely Jamie "
Local Authorities
response has attachments
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
"Please see attached document"
Other Statutory Consultees
Natural England
"PART I: Summary of Natural England’s advice. Natural England does not consider that the proposal is likely to have a significant impact on any nationally or internationally designated nature conservation sites or nationally designated landscapes, and that sufficient mitigation measures have been put in place to avoid significant impacts on protected species. PART II: Natural England’s detailed advice 1.1. Natural England’s advice in these relevant representations is based on information submitted by Eggborough Power Ltd in support of its application for a Development Consent Order (‘DCO’) in relation to Eggborough CCGT(Generating Station). 1.2. Natural England has been working closely with Eggborough Power Ltd to provide advice and guidance since August 2016. 1.3. These relevant representations contain a summary of what Natural England considers the main nature conservation, landscape and related issues to be in relation to the DCO application, and indicate the principal submissions that it wishes to make at this point. Natural England will develop these points further as appropriate during the examination process. It may have further or additional points to make, particularly if further information about the project becomes available. 1.4. Natural England has worked successfully with Eggborough Power Ltd and there are no substantive outstanding matters. 2. The natural features potentially affected by this application 2.1. The following European / nationally protected species may be affected by the proposed project: 2.1.1. Great crested newt 2.1.2. Badger 2.1.3. Water vole 2.1.4. Grass snake 2.1.5. Nesting birds ? Part II: NATURAL ENGLAND’S RELEVANT REPRESENTATIONS IN RESPECT OF EGGBOROUGH CCGT (GENERATING STATION) 3. Planning Inspectorate Reference: EN010081 3.1. Natural England has no objection to the project for the following reasons: 3.1.1. There are no European sites, Ramsar sites or nationally designated landscapes located within the vicinity of the project that could be significantly affected 3.1.2. The project site currently supports habitats of negligible ecological interest and all protected species issues (including any licensing requirements under the Habitats Regulations or the 1981 Act) can be addressed by the proposed draft DCO requirement 17. 3.1.3. Natural England welcomes the biodiversity enhancements as set out in the Landscape and Biodiversity Strategy which will have a positive effect on the natural environment by creating and enhancing habitats of biodiversity value on the site. This is in accordance with the principles set out in paragraph 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Natural England notes that this commitment is reflected in proposed Requirement 6 of the draft DCO. Natural England therefore advises that this requirement should be secured by a suitably worded requirement in the DCO, if the project is approved. 3.2. Natural England’s headline points are that on the basis of the information submitted: 3.2.1. Natural England is satisfied that the potential impacts of the project on nationally and internationally designate nature conservation sites, nationally designated landscapes and protected species have been adequately addressed. 3.2.2. Natural England advises that, if approved, the project must be subject to all necessary and appropriate requirements which ensure that unacceptable environmental impacts either do not occur or are sufficiently mitigated. Natural England 31st July 2017 "
Other Statutory Consultees
Historic England
"Historic England was informed by letter of 28 June 2017 from Dalton Warner Davis (agents for the applicant) that an application for a Development Consent Order has been made for the Eggborough CCGT Plant. We have assessed the documents that constitute the application submission (May 2017) and considered the impact of the proposals on the historic environment, both within the site and the surrounding area. We agree with the conclusions of Chapter 13 of the Environmental Statement that the proposed development is likely to affect the significance of some listed buildings as a result of development within their setting. We do not consider this harm would be substantial but should be taken into account in consideration of the order and weighed against the public benefits of the scheme. We welcome the proposed mitigation measures and the intention to agree details of archaeological mitigation with the Principal Archaeologist at North Yorkshire County Council. We expect to have further engagement via the Principal Archaeologist in order to agree the overall archaeological strategy."
Other Statutory Consultees
Shakespeare Martineau on behalf of National Grid Plc
"Representation by National Grid Plc on behalf of National Grid Gas Plc and National Grid Electricity Transmissions Plc to the Eggborough CCGT (Generating Station) Order NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE VICINITY OF THE PROPOSED WORKS National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC (“NGET”) has high voltage electricity overhead transmission lines (OHL) within close proximity to the proposed gas fired generation station and related connection works. Details of the overhead transmission lines are as follows: (a) 4YS - 400kV OHL from Eggborough substation to Monk Fryston Substation; (b) 4VJ - 400kV OHL from Eggborough substation to Drax Substation; (c) 4YQ - 400kV OHL from Eggborough substation to Ferrybridge and Rochdale Substations; (d) 4YT - 400kV OHL from Eggborough substation to Neepsend and Thorpe Marsh Substations. In addition, NGET’s Eggborough (400kV) electricity substation is included within the order limits along with five 400kV underground cables to the west of substation. The overhead lines, underground cables and substation form an essential part of the electricity transmission network in England and Wales. NGET may require the Undertaker to enter into crossing agreements in respect of crossings of their underground cables. NGET will also require appropriate agreements to be entered into with the Undertaker in relation to the connection to their existing sub station (Work No. 3). In respect of all NGET infrastructure located within the DCO boundary, or in close proximity to the proposed project and associated works, NGET will require protective provisions to be put in place to ensure (i) that all NGET interests and rights of access are unaffected by the power of compulsory acquisition, grant and extinguishment of new rights and temporary use powers and (ii) to ensure that appropriate protection for the retained apparatus is maintained during and after construction of the project. This includes compliance with all relevant standards on safety clearances “EN 43 -8”, “Development near overhead lines” and HSE Guidance Note GS6 “Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electric Lines”. NATIONAL GRID GAS INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN THE VICINITY OF THE PROPOSED WORKS National Grid Gas Plc (“NGG”) has a high pressure gas transmission pipeline located within the proposed order limits (Feeder Main 29 (Asselby to Pannal)). NGG owns and operates the gas transmission network in England, Wales and Scotland and this equipment is essential to the efficient and reliable operation of the network. NGG may require the Undertaker to enter into crossing agreements in respect of crossings of their underground high pressure gas main. NGG will also require appropriate agreements to be entered into with the Undertaker in relation to their proposed AGI connection to NGG’s existing gas mains (Work No. 7). In respect of all NGG infrastructure located within the DCO boundary, or in close proximity to the proposed project and associated works, NGG will require protective provisions to be put in place to ensure (i) all NGG interests and rights of access are unaffected by the power of compulsory acquisition, grant and extinguishment of new rights and temporary use powers and (ii) to ensure appropriate protection for the retained apparatus is maintained during and after construction of the project. This includes compliance with all relevant standards for works being carried out within the relevant tolerances to Gas Equipment contained in T/SP/SSW22 and HSE G 47 “Avoiding danger from underground services”. OVERVIEW In relation to both NGET and NGG assets relevant guidance can be provided on request. Plans showing Gas and Electricity Assets in the area can also be provided on request. In light of the above infrastructure being located within the DCO boundary or in the vicinity of it, National Grid Plc (“National Grid”) make this relevant representation to the above DCO in order to protect their position and that of both National Grid Gas Plc and National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc given the existence of this infrastructure and any other equipment within or adjoining the DCO boundary not already identified. Additionally National Grid want to ensure that any connections taken to their existing equipment are carried out in an approved manner. 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 such apparatus must not be restricted. Appropriate protective provisions will be required to be included within the DCO to ensure that National Grid’s apparatus and land interests are adequately protected and to include compliance with National Grid’s relevant safety standards. These are not currently contained within the draft order. National Grid is currently awaiting the promoters response to their standard protective provisions in order to then seek to agree and secure appropriate protective provisions. 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. "
Other Statutory Consultees
Canal & River Trust
" The Canal & River Trust ("The Trust") has provided comments in relation to the section 42 consultation in September 2016 and February 2017, and wish to register and comment as an interested party for the Examination relating to the Project. The representations made here are without prejudice to further representations which the Trust may make following a comprehensive review of the documentation published in respect of the Project. We intend to make submissions in relation to the proposed abstraction from the River Aire, where we are navigation authority, with concern to Work No. 4 within the Draft Development Consent Order ("the Order") and the impact of the overall proposals upon the appearance of the landscape in relation to views from the River Aire to the north and the Aire & Calder Navigation to the south of the proposed power station site. We also intend to make representations in respect of the direct impact which the proposed Order will have on land within the Trust’s ownership. Furthermore, we intend to address the specific drafting of the proposed Order which we consider will have an impact on the Trust both as navigation authority and landowner. Proposed abstraction from the River Aire In our response of 16th February 2017 in relation to the stage 2 consultation, we noted that alterations to the existing abstraction arrangements at the River Aire are proposed, which are likely to reduce abstraction rates. Significant changes to the quantity and flow of water can impact upon navigational safety, whilst any new abstraction would also have a potential impact upon fish stocks without sufficient mitigation. We note that the Environmental Statement highlights that the volume of cooling water abstraction from the river Aire for the proposed development will be lower than for the existing coal-fired power station (paragraphs 4.2.27; 11.6.46), although a final determination on the cooling processes has yet to be made (4.2.29). In principle, lower abstraction rates should not result in any significant negative impact. This is subject to the final design of the abstraction apparatus, given that the angle of abstraction can have an impact on water flows. We therefore request that the exact details of abstraction, notably with regards to the angle of flow, are made a condition of any DCO so that the full impact can be judged, and that the Trust are included as a consultee within any such wording. We note that this is not included within schedule 2 of the draft DCO. The Environmental Statement (paragraph 5.2.23) has identified the potential requirement for the installation of an eel screen, the requirement for which will be judged by the details upon the proposed abstraction rates. We request that details the eel screening are made a condition of any DCO so that its implementation as necessary can be ensured. We note the inclusion in schedule 2, 5.(6)(b) of the draft DCO, but request that the consultation referred to in the proposed condition includes the Trust. Cofferdams are proposed to be installed temporarily to allow for construction of the new abstraction point (paragraph 5.2.24). Paragraph 5.2.27 of the Environmental Statement does identify the potential environmental impacts of the cofferdam and measures to limit the impact, which is welcomed. We wish for such measures to be fully detailed and provided via condition within any DCO prior to the commencement of works upon the cofferdams. We note that the draft DCO refers to the need for consultation with the Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation. However, as navigation authority for the River Aire at the point of abstraction, we request that the Trust are also referred to, as the extent and location of cofferdams will have a direct impact upon navigational activities on the River, where our input will be crucial in order to secure the safety of waterway users. Given that the works to be undertaken have the potential to impact upon water flows, and the navigation of the river Aire, we request that the DCO includes provisions for the protection of the Trust. We note that the draft DCO includes protective provisions within schedule 12 for the protection of electricity, gas, water and sewerage undertakers; and for the protection of operators of electronic communications code networks. We request that protective provisions in relation to the Trust are included within Schedule 12. The Trust has standard provisions which have been included in a number of DCOs which have recently been confirmed. We would therefore urge the Applicant to make contact with us at the earliest opportunity in order that these provisions can be included as part of the draft DCO. Acknowledging the role of the Trust as navigation authority of the River Aire at the abstraction point, we also request that the Trust be included within the list of organisations within Schedule 2, section 1. In addition, we request that paragraph 5(6) of Schedule 2 is amended such that the Trust is included as an organisation to be consulted in respect of the details of the design of Work No. 4. Visual Impact of the New Plant on the Landscape Concerning the design and visual impacts of the proposal, which we have previously commented upon within our section 42 response, we acknowledge that the surrounding landscape is flat, low lying and agricultural, and thereby dominated by the existing plant, which is visible from the river Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation. As such, we did raise comment at the scoping stage with regards to the need for a visual assessment to be carried out to identify the main impacts of the proposal upon the wider landscape, notably as viewed from the River Aire, and the need for mitigation measures to be identified. We appreciate that the environment statement includes an assessment upon wider views and identifies the potential for mitigation and enhancement measures for the visual effects of the proposed works. Subject to the provision of enhanced mitigation such as the strengthening of the woodland plantations to screen the lower height buildings and plant proposed, we do not wish to raise any additional comment upon this matter. Proposed compulsory acquisition of the Trust’s property We refer to the Book of Reference and note that the Trust is listed as a Category 1 owner in respect of plots 230, 245, 255, 345 and 690. The Land Plans clarify that the Trust’s freehold interest in part of the River Aire is intended to be compulsorily acquired and that new rights are also intended to be compulsorily acquired. The Trust is concerned that extreme measures of permanent appropriation are being sought given that the Applicants have yet to engage with the Trust in relation to the voluntary basis on which more appropriate, proportionate and temporary rights may be secured. The Trust is willing to engage with the Applicant to enter into an agreement in respect of the rights which the applicant requires to deliver the Project. We therefore urge the Applicant to contact us as soon as possible in respect of this. The Trust does not consider that it is necessary or justifiable to compulsorily acquire any part of its freehold interest forming part of the order limits. Draft DCO We note that there are a number of provisions in the draft DCO which are likely to impact on the Trust and the interests it seeks to protect and promote as navigation authority. We need a further opportunity to consider the detail of these provisions before any further representations are made. It would be helpful to return to these matters in light of detailed negotiations with the Applicant. At this stage, we would like to register our concerns in respect of the drafting of article 11 of the draft DCO in particular. The Trust will require greater input into the proposed temporary suspension of public rights of navigation. It is also important for us to understand the proposed duration of such suspension in order that we can properly consider the likely impact. We therefore invite the Applicant to engage with the Trust at the earliest opportunity. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Stephen Laurenson
"I am concerned about: 1. Pollution - in particular Nitrogen Dioxide emissions, and the effect of air pollution, and health impact on local residents. Effect of low level chimney, compared to existing chimney 2. Noise - due to the proximity to our house. 3. Low level steam from the coolers, and effect on local environment and road safety 4. Demolition of existing structures, cooling towers and chimney. 5. The impact of above on local residents, and have appropriate measures been included to minimise. 6. Contribution of this proposal towards the local community - engagement and support with local community, employment etc. "
Other Statutory Consultees
The Coal Authority
"Further to our comments submitted 17th July 2017, it has come to my attention that the content was incorrect. The comments below will supersede all comments made on the 17th July 2017: I have reviewed the proposals and confirm that the proposed development, whilst falling within the defined coalfield, would be located within the Development Low Risk Area, meaning that there are no recorded coal mining legacy risks at shallow depth. However, the site does fall within the licence area of the former Kellingley Colliery, which ceased deep coal mining activities in December 2015. The longwall method of mining employed can potentially result in surface subsidence for several years following cessation of deep mining activities. The Coal Authority is therefore pleased to note that due consideration has been afforded to this potential land stability risk as part of Chapter 12 of the Environmental Statement: Volume 1 (May 2017). Table 12.7 summarises the initial consultation responses received and within that acknowledges the Coal Authority’s comments of 13 September 2016 and 17 February 2017 regarding the above issue. Confirmation is provided within the table and paragraphs 12.4.18 to 12.4.22 that ongoing assessment is being made regarding settlement rates and that, based on this monitoring, mitigation measures will be identified during the detailed design, if necessary. Accordingly, a conclusion is reached at paragraph 12.4.22 that the sensitivity of the geology is moderate, due to the past underground coal mining activity. "
Non-Statutory Organisations
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
"The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is reasonably confident that the surveys for habitats and protected species have been carried out to a good standard. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is however concerned that the construction of the new Eggborough Gas Powered power station will lead to a loss of habitat and biodiversity and this may not be fully mitigated or compensated for. This will be contrary to national policy, for example from the Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) 2011. The Trust is supportive of the suggestions for enhancement of habitats which are present on the development site and pleased that the Trust’s suggestion that the retained area for Carbon Capture will be seeded with a suitable seed mix to support biodiversity. The Trust considers that further mitigation and compensation is likely to be required to ensure no net loss of biodiversity and if possible net gains in biodiversity for the project. For example the suggestions for improving the screening woodland may not be sufficient to raise the condition of the woodland to good, as non-native trees cannot be removed and the canopy is mainly closed which reduces opportunities for improving the understorey of the woodland (Section 5 p20 Indicative Landscape and Biodiversity Enhancement Strategy). Also the new surface water attenuation pond is included as part of the enhancement of biodiversity for the site, however the primary purpose of the pond will be as part of the drainage strategy for the site and this will take precedence. The pond is also considerably smaller than the lagoon which will be lost due to the development. This may mean that water quality or management operations may not be ideal for biodiversity. Connecting the development site to the wider area does not appear to have been considered adequately in the application. This is vital to ensure that local biodiversity is not affected by the application. There could be further opportunities for improving habitat connectivity to the Lower Aire corridor which is one of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Landscapes see http://www.ywt.org.uk/living-landscapes and also connecting habitat within the site to the Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) at Beal Carr. There may also be opportunities within the pipeline corridor to enhance biodiversity and connect up habitat. "
Other Statutory Consultees
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Civil Aviation Authority
"Please see attached document"
Other Statutory Consultees
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Environment Agency
"Our relevant representations provide an overview of the project issues which fall within our remit, including where further work, clarification or mitigation is required. Those issues within our remit include flood risk, contaminated land, groundwater, water quality, waste management, and fisheries and biodiversity. Our submission also provides information in relation to our regulatory role for this project, including a narrative on any environment permitting requirements. Overall, the draft Development Control Order appears to adequately mitigate most of the environmental considerations within our remit. The key concern we have highlighted relates to the open cut crossing points either side of the River Aire. We are concerned that this method of construction could affect the integrity of our flood defences on this land. This concern is heightened by historic coal mining activity (and any associated risk of subsidence) near the gas pipeline corridor. We will submit further detailed representations about this matter in due course. Our full relevant representations response will be sent via email to you shortly. "
Other Statutory Consultees
Health and Safety Executive
"HSE has made the suggestion earlier in the consultation process that it would be beneficial if the submission for the Eggborough CCGT Project included information on the extent and severity of hazards from the proposed generating station, with the potential to impact on local populations, and/or the adjacent major hazard installation. The loss of fuel gas containment may give rise to vapour cloud explosion or flash fire hazards. These may in turn escalate to impact adjacent plant. This would allow the applicant to take public safety implications of the project into account by carrying out a high level risk assessment. On 15/2/17 we provided our advice in a letter emailed to Dalton Warner Davis (on behalf of the Applicant) when consulted under Section 42 of The Planning Act 2008. In reply to their subsequent request for future involvement in a Statement of Common Ground, we advised on 24/2/17 that HSE was not able to engage further on this matter. It is for the applicant themselves to be satisfied (using external expertise if necessary) that their design and operation will meet the requirements of relevant health and safety legislation as the project progresses. It is not HSE’s role to ‘approve’ risk or hazard assessments in these particular circumstances. We only do this in limited circumstances covered by specific regulations in sectors such as; explosives, off-shore oil and gas and on shore chemicals where threshold levels of dangerous substances are exceeded. HSE’s response was a reminder to ensure that any safety implications of the proposed project were not overlooked at this early stage. "
Members of the Public/Businesses
Mary Laurenson
"No adequate noise prevention outlined Closer to houses than the present Power Station No provision for effects of flood lighting outlined No outline about effects of noise or steam into atmosphere for nearby residents No mention of effects of toxicity on health of local residents Increased traffic No mention of detrimental effects on health No outline of decommission and demolition date of present power plant"
Other Statutory Consultees
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Public Health England
"Please see attached document"
Other Statutory Consultees
BNP Paribas Real Estate on behalf of Royal Mail Group Limited
"Royal Mail is responsible for providing efficient mail sorting and delivery nationally. As the Universal Service Provider under the Postal Services Act 2011, Royal Mail has a statutory duty to deliver mail to every residential and business address in the country as well as collecting mail from all Post Offices and post boxes six days a week. Royal Mail’s postal sorting and delivery operations rely heavily on road communications. Royal Mail’s ability to provide efficient mail collection, sorting and delivery to the public is highly sensitive to changes in the capacity of the highway network. Royal Mail is a major road user nationally. Disruption to the highway network and traffic delays can have direct consequences on Royal Mail’s operations, its ability to meet the Universal Service Obligation and comply with the regulatory regime for postal services, thereby presenting a significant risk to Royal Mail’s business. Reference the annotated map below, Royal Mail has the following operational sites locally to the proposal site: • Selby Delivery Office, Micklegate, Selby YO8 4EH • Goole Delivery Office, Larsen Road, Goole DN14 6DA • Whitwood Delivery Office, Speedwell Road, Whitwood , Castleford WF10 5QA • Pontefract Delivery Office, Trinity Road, Pontefract WF8 1AA • Doncaster Delivery Office, Northgate, Doncaster DN11 9HZ The M62 and A19 are strategically important distribution routes for Royal Mail. In exercising its statutory duties, Royal Mail uses all of the main roads in the vicinity of the proposed Eggborough CCGT development on a daily basis. Consequently, Royal Mail is concerned that its future ability to provide an efficient mail sorting and delivery service to the public in accordance with its statutory obligations may be adversely affected by any additional road traffic or delays arising from the construction of this proposed scheme. Royal Mail made representations to ES consultation (September 2016) and Section 42 consultation on the PEIR (February 2017) and there has very helpfully been subsequent dialogue with Eggborough Power Ltd’s consultants in relation to the content of the CTMP and CWTP, but Royal Mail wishes to further protect its interests through submission of this relevant representation. In order to address its residual concerns Royal Mail requests that: 1. Eggborough Power Ltd notes the above Royal Mail operational locations and takes all reasonable actions to ensure that major road users (including Royal Mail) are not disrupted through full consultation with these parties at the appropriate times during the DCO and development processes. 2. Major road users such as Royal Mail are included in the public communications strategy for this scheme. 3. Eggborough Power Ltd and its appointed contractor will keep Royal Mail fully informed in advance of all temporary road closures and/or delivery of Abnormal Indivisible Loads. Royal Mail is able to provide Eggborough Power Ltd and the appointed contractor with its relevant local operational contacts for future consultations and information on its road usage / trips, if required. Should any queries arise then please contact Jennifer Douglas ([email protected]) of Royal Mail’s Legal Services Team or Daniel Parry-Jones ([email protected]) of BNP Paribas Real Estate. "
Local Authorities
Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council
"The following representation is made on behalf of Selby District Council (SDC) and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) jointly (the Authorities). The proposed development is entirely situated within the administrative boundaries of SDC and NYCC. The two Authorities have previously submitted responses to the Applicant’s consultation jointly and intend to submit a joint Local Impact Report as well as inputting jointly to a Statement of Common Ground. The Authorities have no strategic concerns and are supportive of the project in principle, subject to the ongoing work highlighted below. Service areas from both Authorities have responded to the Applicant’s statutory and non-statutory consultations, draft DCO documentation and Environmental Statement. The following represent the current position from the main service areas. North Yorkshire Highways Authority At the site of the new power station itself, construction traffic and the need to develop a comprehensive construction management plan remains the main topic for the highways authority however, the Authority is satisfied with the assessments and approach taken by the Applicant. Highways improvements will be required at identified points along the pipeline route, and nearby Burn village will be affected the most due to the construction of the AGI. Minerals and Waste Planning There will be a need to consider the waste generation from the proposed development and its handling properly, but it is considered that the application has approached this appropriately. In terms of on site management of construction wastes the County Council, as Waste Planning Authority, must be consulted prior to approval by the relevant planning authority on the constructions site waste management plan received from the developer. This has been addressed in the draft Development Control Order (DCO). Archaeology and Cultural Heritage The heritage value of the existing power station will need to be assessed both as a community asset and as a landscape feature. The principal impact of the proposal on archaeological heritage assets will be the construction of the pipeline, and in particular, the effect on the Hall Garths medieval moated site. It is agreed that the core of the Hall Garths site is avoided, but peripheral features may be affected. In the event that DCO is granted, it is understood that trial trenching will only take place after its granting due to land ownership issues. Ecology The surveys and assessments undertaken have been carried out to industry standards. Whilst no significant negative impacts have been identified with which the Authorities agree, local level impacts upon woodlands, hedgerows, bats and badgers will occur. There is a need to mitigate these local impacts and a requirement in line with national policy to secure a net gain in relation to biodiversity. To achieve this, work will be needed to more strongly connect habitats on site with the semi-natural habitats in the surrounding areas. Landscape The Authorities are satisfied that the DCO application includes adequate landscape and visual impact assessment. A coordinated approach to mitigation involving landscape, historic landscape and ecology interests is needed. It is anticipated that this will be achieved through a Landscape and Biodiversity strategy which will require further discussion. Construction impacts are likely to be compounded by overlapping or consecutive impacts arising from demolition of the existing power station and at this point the start date for demolition works is still unknown. Whilst the iconic 1960s power station is a landmark, the proposed power station would be less dominant, allowing some of the former rural character of the surroundings to be restored. Noise and Vibration There are concerns regarding night time noise levels during the operational phase which indicate an adverse effect and alterations to Requirement 24 are requested. Agreement has not yet been reached on the acceptable limit. Some predicted construction noise levels also exceed relevant limits although the applicant has indicated that the limits will be achieved. Further work is, therefore, required to ensure that the proposed scheme of managing the levels of noise and vibration incorporates adequate mitigation methods for a project of this size. Air Quality The Authorities agree that air quality during the construction phase can be controlled via an agreed CEMP and that a travel plan will be produced to cover the construction/demolition phase. The possible use of Selective Catalytic Reduction to reduce Nox emissions is a concern due to the effects on ecological receptors and this needs to be examined further when the generation technology has been finalised. It should be noted that SDC do not have the technology to confirm the air quality modelling results and that the EA should be consulted. Land Contamination The Authorities are satisfied that the risks of land contamination have been adequately identified within the application documents. Pursuant to the DCO, a scheme is to be submitted to control land and groundwater contamination likely to cause significant harm in consultation with the Environment Agency and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The submitted scheme is to include site investigation and remedial measures to be taken to render the land fit for its intended purpose. This requirement is to be a requirement of the DCO. Socio Economic The construction phase of the proposed development is likely to create an opportunity to train and employ local people to work and train on site. Whilst reference is made to the construction industry being flexible enough to meet the needs of this development the Authorities welcome the provision included within the draft DCO to provide a local skills and development plan. Whilst the Authorities are broadly supportive of the proposal, further work is required to ensure the details of the proposed development come forward in a way which is acceptable to all parties. The Authorities are confident that this will happen. "
Other Statutory Consultees
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The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) (The Marine Management Organisation (MMO))
"Please see attached document"