Augean is carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposal. As part of this pre-application consultation a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) has been prepared to explain the potentially significant impacts and benefits of the proposed development. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on this information from the local community as well as statutory consultees before finalising the design and the studies. The PEIR presents the environmental information collected to date and provides an initial assessment of any likely significant environmental effects.
Once the assessment work is complete Augean will submit an Environmental Statement (ES) with the DCO application. The ES will report on the likely significant environmental effects of the proposals identified in the EIA, the appropriate mitigation measures to be put in place where necessary and any residual effects. There will be further opportunities for reviewing and commenting on the development proposals once the application has been submitted.
In the relevant sections of the PEIR the options and alternatives that have been considered during the process which led to the selection of the western extension area and the development of the current extension proposals are explained. This includes assessment of the suitability of the site location and the identification of the constraints which affect the design of the development.
The consequent choices that have been made with respect to the design of the proposed operations, the containment engineering design, the restoration profile hence the void generated, the operational and management proposals and the design of the restored site are explained. The design parameters which are fixed at this stage are identified in the relevant sections of the report as those which are subject to further refinement and where options are still being considered.
This consultation provides an important opportunity for all consultees including the local community to engage and help inform aspects of the design of the proposed development. Responses to this consultation will be taken into account before finalising the proposals and submitting an application for a DCO to the Secretary of State.