by Associated British Ports (ABP) to build a new five berth, enclosed
outer harbour at the port of Immingham.
'The port expansion at Immingham will make an important contribution
to the economy of the region and of the UK. There is increasing
national demand for additional roll-on, roll-off port capacity. This
scheme will help to meet this demand in a way that is compatible with
Government policies on sustainable development.
'I am pleased that the promoters have been able to agree with
environmental organisations a package of measures aimed at mitigating
the likely impacts of the development on existing and potential
conservation sites of European and international significance.
'This decision underlines the importance the government attaches to
meeting social and economic development needs while at the same time
respecting the environment.'
The new berths will accommodate a new generation of super-ferries
increasingly used on European routes, thus re-inforcing Immingham's
regional and national importance as a port serving ro-ro trade
amongst its variety of other business.
1. The proposed scheme is described in the Associated British Ports
(Immingham Outer Harbour) Harbour Revision Order. The outer harbour
will involve reclamation and dredging of some 22 hectares to provide
five new berths with associated protective works to accommodate
modern, large super-ferries. Immingham, with nearby Grimsby, is
already the UK's top port in terms of throughput of freight tonnes.
2. The scheme is accompanied by a Compensation, Mitigation and
Monitoring Agreement agreed between ABP, English Nature, the
Environment Agency, the RPSB and local wildlife trusts, involving the
creation of new bird and wildlife habitat areas in the Humber
estuary. Ministers have concluded that this agreement, which provides
for the provision of new habitats of an area significantly greater
than that to be lost, enables them to authorise the development as
meeting the requirements of European birds and habitats legislation.
3. The development is compatible with government transport and
planning policies and makes good use of Immingham's road and rail
connections. It will provide much needed employment and benefits to
business in the local area and beyond. It will also assist the
northern Regional Development Agencies' Northern Way regeneration
4. No public inquiry was held into the proposals as all statutory
objectors withdrew their original objections after reaching agreement
with the promoters on the environmental compensation measures.