FINAL HEARINGS are being held in Grimsby about proposals to flood farmland and create a wildlife area at Cherry Cobb Sands.
As part of their proposed development to build a Marine Energy Park on the south bank of the Humber, ABLE UK are required to provide a compensation site to provide for the flora and fauna that will be lost in the vicinity of the proposed works. The area chosen to become part of this compensation nature site, is Cherry Cobb Sands on north bank (5 miles from Thorngumbald in Paull parish). The land is currently in the ownership of the Crown Estate who have agreed to sell the land to ABLE if the planning application is successful.
Two further dates for hearing matters specifically about Cherry Cobb Sands have been scheduled:
“…in light of recent hearings and the intended submission of supplementary information relating to the compensation site at Cherry Cobb Sands, it is necessary to make provision for a further Specific Issue hearing. Accordingly a hearing to consider Compensation Site Matters is now scheduled for Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 November 2012.” Robert Upton Lead member of the Panel of Examining Inspectors
The Specific Issue hearings to consider Compensation Matters will be held on Monday 12th November and Tuesday 13th November 2012, at The Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby. Both hearings will open at 9.30am for a prompt 10.00am start.
There has been concern expressed that the hearings are to be held in Grimsby and not at a venue closer to the Cherry Cobb Sands site on the north bank. The previous open hearing in September was held in Hedon.
Those with a professional interest in the developments at Cherry Cobb Sands are most certainly likely to attend or be represented at the Grimsby Hearing, but will a south bank venue deter interested parties from the affected local communities on the north bank from attending?
The formal examination of the ABLE UK planning proposal closes on Saturday 24th November 2012.