Ecosulis EIA and Planning team has assisted Capita Symonds/Wales and West Utilities in obtaining consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a pipeline diversion in Fishguard, Wales.
A key environmental issues report was prepared by Ecosulis to support a request to the DECC for an environmental determination. The report was collated from a desk-based study, which included a data search with specific focus on archaeological and ecological receptors. Consultation was undertaken with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) to obtain a screening opinion on the need or otherwise for an EIA.
Ecosulis successfully demonstrated to PCNPA that subject to mitigation being in place the development did not require an EIA and is permitted development.
From being appointed Ecosulis obtained the determination from DECC in only eight weeks, which will enable the diversion works to commence to programme. This quick turnaround is a testament to Ecosulis’s working knowledge of the planning system, environmental expertise, intricate knowledge of sector specific EIA Regulations (The Public Gas Transporter Pipe-line Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999 in this instance) and experience in the energy sector.