“Inevitable” acceptance of renewables industry developments at Paull
|January 14, 2013||Filled under Business, Community, Consultation, Green Port Hull, Hedon, Parish Councils, Paull, Preston, Saltend|
THE PROSPECT of land between Paull and the Saltend Chemical Works being used to site renewable energy industries is “inevitable” – this seems to be the attitude of local councils following initial discussions on the Paull Local Development Order (LDO).
Despite the fact that the rest of Hull and Holderness seem to be waiting in excitement for the expected announcement from Siemens about investment at Alexandra Dock, the view from Hedon, Preston and Paull councils seem to be one of unenthusiastic acceptance to the Paull element of Green Port Hull.
The LDO aims to grant blanket outline planning permission for renewable energy and low-carbon industry developments on land between Saltend and Paull – the Paull/Saltend element of the Humber Enterprise Zone. The LDO will make it quicker and easier to get permission for new buildings, plant and other structures to be built on the site – although its implementation is still dependent on renewables giant Siemens formally “signing-up” to the Green Port Hull initiative.
Local councils have been consulted on the LDO as statutory bodies. They have until Monday 21st January 2013 to approve, approve with conditions or object to the LDO.
The LDO is actually a massive wad of smaller documents which when piled up would be some 18cm (7 inches) thick. Simply reading the documents is a task in itself! They are also very heavy as the picture of Paull Parish Council clerk Dianne Davies testifies.
What seems to be evident from local council meetings last week, is the lack of enthusiasm for the LDO – it is more the case that it has to be accepted.
Councillors at Preston Parish Council, which includes Saltend and parts of Hedon (Preston South) in its area, accepted the document at its meeting and comments from individual councillors indicated that their collective “hands were tied” as far as the LDO was concerned.
Hedon Town Council consensus seems to be one of acceptance that the developement of the Paull LDO site is unstoppable and the issue of jobs and local prosperity must prevail. The council will engage with the consultation process at a later stage to ensure the least adverse impact on the town of Hedon and its residents.
Paull Parish Council discussed the proposals at length last week and probably set in motion what may be the most creative response to the LDO. A policy of mitigation will be adopted by the Parish Council – their position is a pragmatic one: If the developments on the Village boundaries must take place, it is essential that negative impacts are minimised whilst opportunities to improve things for the village are maximised.
Paull will be the closest village to the new industrial development – and the Parish Council is keen to see measures adopted to ensure residents can not “see, hear or smell anything unpleasant”. The village needs to be protected from any increased risk of flooding caused by industrial development – in fact there could be opportunities to significantly improve the flooding defences in the village.
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