ONLY TWO PEOPLE have registered to speak at hearings on plans to flood farmland and create a wildlife area at Cherry Cobb Sands.
As part of the proposed development by ABLE UK on the south bank of the Humber to build the ABLE Marine Energy Park, the developers 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.
ABLE propose to take 110 Ha (271 acres) of productive farm land located on the North Bank known as Cherry Cobb Sands (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.
As part of the planning process carried out by the National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate, written submissions known as representations have been made by many interested parties and individuals.
The opportunity to speak directly to the Planning Inspector to put your concerns in person is allowed by open hearing sessions. To ensure your voice is heard at these hearings it is important to register your intention with the Planning Inspector. So far only 2 people have registered to speak – an individual and a representative of the Stone Creek Boat Club.
- An open Hearing takes place in Hedon at the Alexandra Hall on 5th September 2012 (12:30pm for 1pm start), but to speak you need to register by Friday 24th August.
- A specific issue Hearing at Grimsby at the Humber Royal Hotel on 11th September (9:30am for 10am start), specifically about the Compensation site, interested parties need to register by 31st August.
The Hearings will hear representations from those who have registered with the examination process, but in a letter sent to one such representative then it has been clarified that members of the public can attend the open Hearing in Hedon although those registered will have priority in speaking.
Those who wish to attend/speak at hearings should ensure that they notify Mike Harris (Case Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org by the dates indicated.
HU12 Online comments: The official examination of this issue appears to be a very complex process, but does allow those specifically affected by the proposed development and proposed compensation site to have their case heard – provided that you hear about the consultation and register as an Interested Person/Group in a timely manner.
It does seem of concern that the public timetable for this examination has not been widely publicised at a grassroots level, and the number of registered representatives at the Hearings is so low.