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Energy Park ecological mitigation zone fencing scheme

Designed to protect biodiversity on the YEP site by creating an ecological mitigation zone boundary, it will require the redirecting of a public right of way, and restrict public access.

Hedon Town Council has alerted residents to the fencing scheme that will take place on the Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) site. The scheme, designed to protect biodiversity on the site by creating an ecological mitigation zone, will require the redirecting of a public right of way (footpath number 22) across to the edge of the site, and the fencing off of the area to prevent public access.

The focus of the ecological mitigation zone will be on minimising disturbance from changes in habitat, (lighting, noise, vibration and visual disturbance) alongside preventing the loss of protected and notable species (birds, bats, great crested newts and reptiles) particularly during the construction phase of YEP, but also as the YEP becomes operational.

The onsite ecological mitigation zone will be managed and maintained by the YEP for up to 85 years. An ecological mitigation steering group will be established to review and advise on matters associated with the development for that period. The steering group will include organisations such as Natural England, the RSPB and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The restriction of public access to the mitigation site is considered necessary for the protection of flora and fauna but will be of concern to those residents (walkers and dog walkers) who have traditionally enjoyed easy public access to the open space.

YEP site
The YEP site looking towards Saltend
ecological mitigation fence at Newton Garth, Paull Road
Fence at the ecological mitigation Zone on Paull Road

The fencing scheme has to be submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for approval and Hedon Town Council has indicated that there will be opportunities for public comments at that time.

Hedon Blog will bring you information on the planning application when it is published.

See our planning articles.

2 thoughts on “Energy Park ecological mitigation zone fencing scheme

  1. Exactly Shaun. The point you make echoes what’s been said all along.
    I’ve used that field for over 55 years, from flying kites with my children to dog walking. Never been challenged or told to leave. Wonder how long the fence will stay intact.

  2. Don’t you realise that we humans are part of the ecology.
    Why restrict access, when it is already accessable and obviously not a threat to the current ecology.
    Nature and ecology grows with whatever diversity happens to be present.
    No need for isolation here.

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