Little Crow Solar Park

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Little Crow Solar Park

Received 23 February 2021
From Environment Agency

Representation

1.0 Introduction 1.1 The Environment Agency is an executive non-departmental public body established under the Environment Act 1995. It is an adviser to Government with principal aims to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. It plays a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through its functions and roles. It is also an adviser to local decision makers in its role as a statutory consultee in respect of particular types of development, as listed in Schedule 4 of the Development Management Procedure Order 2015. For the purposes of this Development Consent Order (DCO) application, we are a statutory interested party. 1.2 The Environment Agency takes action to conserve and secure proper use of water resources, preserve and improve the quality of rivers, estuaries and coastal waters and groundwaters through pollution control powers and regulating discharge consents. We have a duty to implement the Water Framework Directive. 1.3 We have regulatory powers in respect of waste management and remediation of contaminated land designated as special sites. We also encourage remediation of land contamination through the planning process. 1.4 The Environment Agency is the principal flood risk management operating authority. It has the power (but not the legal obligation) to manage flood risk from designated main rivers and the sea. The Environment Agency is also responsible for increasing public awareness of flood risk, flood forecasting and warning and has a general supervisory duty for flood risk management. We also have a strategic overview role for all flood and coastal erosion risk management. 2.0 Scope of these representations 2.1 These Relevant Representations contain an overview of the project issues, which fall within our remit. They are given without prejudice to any future detailed representations that we may make throughout the examination process. However, unless any supplementary information becomes available in relation to the project we do not anticipate the need to make any further detailed written representations. 2.2 We have reviewed the DCO application, Environmental Statement (ES) and supporting documents submitted as part of the above mentioned application, which we received on 28 January 2021. Our comments are presented under topic headings. 3.0 Groundwater protection 3.1 We have reviewed the Environmental Statement, Technical Appendix 3.2 Phase 1 Ground conditions desk study (Integrale Report no. 1844, Version 9, November 2020) in respect of ground conditions and controlled waters protection. 3.2 The site overlies numerous geologies, but includes limestones and superficial deposits, which are classified as Principal and Secondary A aquifers respectively. Principal aquifers are geological strata that exhibit high intergranular and /or fracture permeability. They usually provide a high level of water storage. They may support water supply and/or river base flow on a strategic scale. Secondary A aquifers are permeable strata capable of supporting water supplies at a local rather than strategic scale and in some cases forming an important source of base flow to rivers. 3.3 The previous use of the site is largely greenfield, although the area has a history of quarrying and workings and as a result there are possible areas of infill on the site. The site is also adjacent to an historic landfill, Scunthorpe Concast, to the west. 3.4 The Report presents a good conceptual site model and we are in agreement with the conclusions in section 4.3. 3.5 We have also reviewed Appendix 3.3 Geotechnical and Phase II Contamination Report’ (dated November 2020). This reports provides a summary of the site investigation that was completed at the site. The investigation targeted the possible areas of infill at the site and concluded that there were no risks to controlled waters from these areas of infill. We are satisfied with this conclusion. 3.6 We note that Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs) for the project are to be provided under Requirement 8 of Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Development Consent Order (DCO). In the event that unexpected contaminated land is identified, the Environment Agency would wish to be consulted on the protocol to be followed. As such, we request being added as a specific consultee to the discharge for Requirement 8(2)(h). Accordingly, we can confirm that the Environment Agency has no objection to the proposed development, as submitted. If you have any questions regarding these representations, please contact me.