Yorkshire Wildlife Trust objects against £200m business park
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By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Oct 2017
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has objected to the proposed building of a £200m business park in Hedon.
Plans to construct the Yorkshire Energy Park on the site of the former Hedon aerodrome site at Saltend have already been met with resistance from the local town council, while Historic England have also flagged up their concerns about the use of the site.
Supporters of the application say the development could create around 1,000 jobs and bring in significant levels of investment into the area.
But others have voiced opposition to the idea, with the Wildlife Trust's objections based on the potential impact on a rare wading bird which inhabits the area.
Around eight per cent of the region's curlews are thought to reside in and around the site of the old Hedon Aerodrome.
The Trust says more than 200 curlews, a threatened species conservationists are trying to protect, will be affected if the development goes ahead.
Lauren Garside, conservation planning officer at the Trust, said: "The proposed development land at Hedon is functionally linked to the Humber Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA) because of its importance in supporting the threatened curlew.
"It should therefore be offered the same protection as land within the SPA. For this very reason the Trust is of the opinion that the planning application at the very least undergoes an assessment under the Habitats Regulations.
"We also do not regard it as appropriate to speculate that the curlew utilising the site could be effectively displaced to other habitats as has been suggested. No supporting evidence has been offered to justify the statement. There simply is a lack of suitable habitat elsewhere."
Hedon Town Council said it was "strongly opposed" to the site on the grounds that the land had not been allocated in East Riding Council's Local Plan, which dictates where housebuilding is earmarked to take place.
In their collective written objection, councillors said: "The council is extremely concerned about the flood risk associated with the development.
"Following the devastation of the 2007 floods the town council fought during the preparation of the Local Plan to ensure that no future significant development of sites in and around the town were allocated until it is proved that such development would not add to the risk."
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