THE HUMBER PLAN published by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on the 5th July 2012, with a closing date for comments being Friday 20th July, seems to have largely gained support from the business community.
However, one issue associated with the plan for the emerging Renewables Sector has caused some controversy locally and that is the proposal to use the land at Cherry Cobb Sands as replacement inter-tidal mudflats to compensate for the loss of similar land at North Killingholme, where the Able Marine Energy Park is to be constructed.
Able UK have advanced plans to construct a new manufacturing and port facility on the Killingholme Marshes and North Killingholme Haven on the Humber Estuary. To compensate for the loss of these wildlife marshlands, Able UK plans to flood land in the parish of Paull, near to Keyingham, and create new wildlife mudflats.
Cherry Cobb Sands is considered to be prime farmland and is already recognised as a wildlife area and contains sites which are considered of archaeological and historic significance.
The Plan for the Humber encourages a ‘Humber-wide’ view of the world with its own unique brand to revitalise and recreate the Humber economy. However, locally there is some consternation that a development on the South Bank might have negative impacts on the North.
In March 2011, both Hedon Town Council and Sunk Island Parish Council reacted strongly to the initial consultation instigated by Able. Both TOTALLY (their emphasis – Ed) opposed any loss or flooding of prime agricultural land on the North bank of the Humber to accommodate development on the South bank. They both were of the opinion that there is adequate land on the South bank, close to the Able development, to incorporate or create a new wildlife habitat.
The formal public consultation on this proposal has ended – but the in-depth hearing of representations is continuing. The examination of these issues ends in November 2012.
As an infrastructure project of national importance, the consultation of the planning issues is being examined by the Planning Inspectorate via the National Infrastructure Planning website. You can follow the progress with the consultation there: