Able Marine Energy Park

In December 2011 Able UK Ltd submitted an application for a marine energy park at Killingholme Marshes on the south bank of the Humber Estuary in North Lincolnshire. The application was examined by the Planning Inspectorate as the development was classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). The development would involve the construction of a new quay and onshore infrastructure for the manufacture of offshore renewable energy components, such as wind turbines.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust registered an objection to the application as it had serious concerns regarding the impact of the proposed development on the Humber Estuary Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), Ramsar Site and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and North Killingholme Haven Pits SSSI. Of particular concern was the loss of 45 ha of estuarine habitat. This would include 31 ha of the Killingholme Marshes intertidal mudflat habitat, important for wintering and migrating SPA wader species. Killingholme Marshes is of particular importance to wading bird species, such as black-tailed godwit, dunlin and redshank, which have been recorded in numbers greater than 1% of their Humber SPA qualifying populations. 66% of the SPA population of black-tailed godwit has been recorded here.

LWT considered that the loss of estuarine habitat would be likely to damage the integrity of the Natura 2000 site and was not convinced that the proposed compensation would deliver both the habitat types in the ratios to compensate for those lost and also the functionality to provide a feeding resource needed by SPA birds such as black-tailed godwit.

The proximity of the proposed development to Killingholme Haven Pits Nature Reserve and SSSI was also of serious concern to LWT: the pits support significant populations of SPA species such as black-tailed godwit, dunlin and redshank (97% of the SPA population of black-tailed godwit recorded roosting at Killingholme Haven Pits) and avocet and marsh harrier breed.

The Trust engaged in the examination process and submitted a relevant representation in March 2012 to register as an interested party in the process and a written representation in June 2012 to expand on the concerns expressed in the relevant representation. Additional comments were submitted in July 2012 and November 2012. At the request of the Secretary of State, additional information was submitted on the proposed compensation scheme by Able UK in October 2013. The Trust submitted additional comments in November 2013 in which it maintained its objection to the development. The Secretary of State subsequently granted consent for the development in December 2013.

All the planning application documents and representations can be viewed on the National Infrastructure Planning website.


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Relevant Representation11.96 KB
Written Representation123.18 KB
LWT comments on responses to written questions, July 2012133.26 KB
LWT response, November 2012149.35 KB
LWT response to Rule 17 request for information, November 201297.04 KB
LWT response, November 201395.35 KB