Council welcome Scottish Ministers conclusion over Hunterson planning processed
Posted on 21 Feb 2019
NORTH Ayrshire Council has welcomed the verdict by the Scottish Government that they have acted in a ‘robust’ and ‘valid’ manner with regards to developments at Hunterston.
The Scottish Government was looking into claims the Council, as a planning authority, were wrong not to initiate an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) over decommissioning proposals for Hunterston.
In a letter sent out this week, Scottish Ministers said ‘issues raised do not call into question the validity of the view reached by the Planning Authority that an EIA is not required’
The Council have consistently reiterated their position that, along with Marine Scotland, that the correct processes were carried out when determining that no EIA would be necessary for planned development at the site.
This was an opinion shared by the Scottish Government, who in their letter this week said they were ‘content that the process undertaken by the Council and Marine Scotland has been sufficiently robust to allow them to reach their opinions’.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economies, said: “We received notification from the Scottish Government on 19 February 2019 that Scottish Ministers are satisfied that we, as a Planning Authority, have acted appropriately. The Scottish Government confirmed that the Council was correct in coming to the decision that an Environmental Impact Assessment was not required for the development at Hunterston.
“The Ministers also commented that the processes undertaken by ourselves and Marine Scotland were robust and fair.
"The site has traditionally been used for the construction of oil rigs"
“Hopefully we can all now move on and look forward to the next stage of this development at Hunterston which could boost the local economy and bring jobs to the area.”
The application was supported by Environmental Reports which addressed a number of matters. SEPA. Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage were consulted on the application and raised no objections.
On 25 April 2018, the Planning Committee granted planning permission for three applications;
• to allow use of the site for decommissioning of large marine structures
• Erection of caisson gates and subsequent removal of existing bund
• Replacement and enlargement of existing jetty
SEPA. Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage were consulted on the application and also raised no objections.
All are subject to conditions.