Goodwin Sands EIA dredging challenge falls at the High Court

A claim that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for dredging two million cubic metres of sand in a marine conservation zone in the English Channel was inadequate has been defeated.

The judgment, handed down on Friday, follows the grant of a marine licence to the Dover Harbour Board (DHB) on 26 July. The Marine Management Organisation agreed that the body could dredge up to two million cubic metres of sand from 2.36 square kilometres of the Goodwin Sands, a 177km2 sandbank east of Deal. However, only 1.2Mm3 of sand is now expected to be needed for the construction of the £246m Dover Western Docks, a nationally significant infrastructure project.

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