EIA for housing on contaminated site should be waived, say developers

A planned development of 250 homes on contaminated land next to a Ramsar site should not need an environmental impact assessment (EIA) because outline planning permission for a larger development on the site had already been granted, according to the developers behind the project.

The joint application between developers Mulbury Homes and housing association Magenta Living was put to Hutton Borough Council, in Widnes this month. They say that because the outline planning permission for a much larger scheme on the site had been granted and environmental statements already carried out, a new EIA assessment should not be required.

An EIA is automatically triggered under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 when any development above 150 dwellings is proposed.

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