Feedback on environmental assessments sought for Yorkshire Energy Park
A technical report for the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park development has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and uploaded to their website for the public to view.
The report is a formal requirement that provides local authority officers with an in-depth account of the ongoing survey work and the scheme’s potential environmental impacts.
The ‘Request for an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Opinion’ will inform the preparation of the Environmental Statement, submitted as part of the Planning Application.
Rob Cawkwell, Project Director said:
“The documents form part of the pre-planning application process and highlight any environmental surveys that are ongoing, such as air quality, noise, highways and ecological investigations.
“We are hoping to agree the submission with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s officers to ensure that they’re happy we’re carrying out all the necessary exploratory work.
“It’s important that an understanding of the whole study area is obtained to inform the preparation of the planning application, but the development is proposed to the western side of the site, as presented at the public consultation events in July.
“We need to obtain the maximum amount of information for the largest area possible, to ensure we consider and address all of the potential environmental impacts of the scheme.”
The report also details that the team is actively engaging with statutory bodies, including Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency. Mr Cawkwell continued:
“We’re extremely mindful of the sensitivities of the site, so we want to make sure we engage with as many groups as possible to feed into the development of the master plan.
“We’ll be continuing our dialogue with the community. We’re hoping to present our latest proposals at a second round of formal consultation sessions in early October.”
A formal response to the technical report is anticipated from the authority within the coming weeks.