Environmental Impact Assessment required
Published: 08 April 2021
As we wrote on the 31st March, North Ferriby Parish Council challenged the opinion of East Riding planning officers that an Environmental Impact Assessment was not required.
Well the decision was taken faster than we expected and the challenge of the parish council has been upheld by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government with the Secretary of State being of the view that the development ‘is likely to have significant effects on the environment’. The decision letter can be read in full here.
The associated report dated 6th April and written under delegated powers on behalf of the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, concludes, ‘Having considered all the evidence, he agrees with the conclusions of Natural England that the proposal could have potentially significant adverse impacts on the nearby internationally and nationally designated ecological sites. In the absence of a detailed assessment the Secretary of State cannot conclude that the proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on these ecological designations or that these impacts can be satisfactorily mitigated through planning conditions. He is therefore of the opinion that a precautionary and robust approach must therefore be taken.’
We have been informed by ERYC planning officers that this application cannot be considered by the ERYC Planning Committee until an Environmental Statement is submitted and has been consulted on for 28 days. New notices will be put up on all the noticeboards once this next consultation period starts.