We have undertaken a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as part of the planning application so that the environmental effects of the development are clearly understood. This page provides information on some of the topics which have been included in the assessment.
All of the proposed waste management operations will be undertaken within an enclosed building. However, there will be some elements of the proposals that generate some noise.
Noise monitoring has been undertaken to understand background noise conditions and a detailed noise model has been developed to predict noise levels at nearby receptors. We anticipate that the Council will apply conditions that will control the noise during operations. We also expect that they will ask us to prepare and work to a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) during constructions. Again, this will be controlled by a condition.
The full noise assessment is included on Chapter 7 of the Environmental Statement.
The Energy Recovery Facility will use proven technology to ensure emissions from the facility are tightly controlled. In order to operate the facility, we must be able to demonstrate to the Environmental Agency that we meet strict emissions limits which comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive. The EIA will include a detailed air quality assessment which will consider the effects of the facility on human and ecological receptors in the area.
The air quality assessment is set out in Chapter 8. It concludes that during construction, there would be some potential for dust emissions from both on site activities and vehicles. Mitigation measures would be included in the CEMP to reduce impacts and ensure nuisance to local receptors is avoided.
Detailed dispersion modelling, using conservable assumptions, has been used to understand the impact of emissions during the operation of the facility. This modelling has been used to determine a stack height which would ensure emissions from the ERC would not have an unacceptable effect on local air quality.
We have conducted a series of ecological survey to understand the local environment. This information will be used to assess the effects of the development on local wildlife and habitats. The landscaping design for the scheme will include measures that will enhance the value of the site to local ecology.
The findings of the ecological assessment are set out in Chapter 6. It is concluded that there will be no net loss of biodiversity interest as a consequence of the proposals and the landscape scheme provides an opportunity to increase the biodiversity interest of the site.
All waste management operations will be conducted within an enclosed building. The design of facility will also incorporate measures to prevent the release of odour from with the building. Odour has been assessed as part of our Air Quality Assessment and, once the facility is operational, will be monitored by both Veolia and the Environment Agency.
A standalone Flood Risk Assessment has been prepared with respect to surface water and flood risk. It is proposed that surface water from the site will be managed as part of a strategic surface water management scheme for the wider Heysham Gateway Regeneration Area.
Flooding issues are dealt with in Chapter 10 of the Environmental Statement and it is concluded that the proposed development will not be vulnerable to flooding and with the standard drainage measures proposed will not have any impact on flooding or flood risk outside the site.