Consultation starts over after BAE tweaks Huntspill Energy Park plans (From This is The West Country)
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Consultation starts over after BAE tweaks Huntspill Energy Park plans
A FRESH consultation period has begun over the mammoth proposed Huntspill Energy Park.
The Mercury reported last week on local concern over BAE Systems' plans to develop the former ROF munitions site in Puriton.
More than 150 people wrote letters to Sedgemoor District Council, which will decide on the scheme.
The district council has now contacted all those correspondents to let them know BAE has tweaked its plans, prompting a new consultation period, ending on October 28.
More than 30 new documents in support of the project have been filed on behalf of BAE this month - to add to the vast stack of more than 200 submitted when the planning application was first processed in April.
The latest documents include updated transport assessments, and further responses from BAE to some of the criticisms levelled against its plans.
The Mercury reported last week how more than 1,300 people have signed a petition against the scheme; the petition argues BAE's plans would cause major traffic problems and cut Puriton off from the surrounding countryside.
Bob Hudson, who launched the petition, which he said had been signed by 77% of people in Puriton, said villagers were confused and disappointed that a further consultation would now take place.
He said: “We had a deadline to get our comments in and I thought a deadline was a deadline.
“150 villagers sat down and wrote their objections - have they got to do it all again?
“The goalposts have been moved and we are not very happy with that.”
A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said: “Applicants have the right to add any additional information right up to the date of committee (the date the council's development control committee meets to make a decision).
“People have until October 28 to comment on the application.
“All comments made at an earlier stage will be considered.”
A date for the committee meeting has not yet been set, but representatives of Sedgemoor District Council and BAE will attend a meeting on October 30, at 6.30pm, in Puriton Primary School Hall, to explain the amendments to the plans.
Meanwhile, the villagers' petition has been handed to MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and will be presented in the House of Commons at a date yet to be confirmed.
Click here to view the planning application.
The application number is 42/13/00010.
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