UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING THE EFFECTS
We will include a thorough report called an Environmental Statement (ES) in our DCO application.
Our ES will set out the likely significant effects of TILBURY2 on the environment and how these can be mitigated through careful and considered design. The ES will cover the construction of TILBURY2 and the new road and rail links as well as their subsequent operation.
Prior to completing the ES we are required to consult the community on what we know of the environmental effects of the proposals at this stage. We have therefore produced a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) which is based on environmental information we have gathered as part of our design process.
Our PEIR is an important consultation document and allows the community to assess our preliminary considerations of the environmental effects of the proposals and provide us with informed consultation responses. In addition to the full PEIR we have also produced a shorter Non-Technical Summary (NTS) of the PEIR.
We are presently considering a number of environmental issues.
VIEWS OF AND FROM TILBURY FORT AND FROM GRAVESEND
Tilbury Fort is located close by and is of national significance. However, the proposals will have no physical impacts on it. Any proposals will need to minimise the impact on its setting. We are preparing a series of photomontages from locations agreed with Historic England in order that the exact impact of the proposals on views can be assessed.
South of the river, Gravesend has two Conservation Areas and a number of listed buildings. We are also looking at how TILBURY2 will affect the setting of these other heritage assets, albeit TILBURY2 is 1km away across the river.
NOISE FROM THE TILBURY2 SITE AND THE ROAD AND RAIL LINKS
We are presently monitoring existing noise levels, both north and south of the river at locations agreed with the two councils. With estimates of road traffic, rail and shipping movements we will then consider the potential effects of noise and whether we need to reduce noise by acoustic fences, low noise surfacing or by other means to ensure that residents living close by are not disturbed by the proposals.
ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS ON FLORA AND FAUNA
We are undertaking extensive ecological studies including on the TILBURY2 site itself, within the river and along the road and rail corridor. Our aim is to secure minimal or no net loss of biodiversity. To achieve no net loss will require improvements to the nature conservation value of land elsewhere; translocation of reptiles from the site will also be carefully undertaken. This is an approach we took at London Distribution Park which proved extremely successful.
Almost all of the site is outside of the green belt but we are proposing that a small part of the green belt would be used in the northwest corner of the site.
We are presently monitoring existing air quality over a wide area and will consider the potential for increases in traffic to make a difference, taking account of future vehicle emission rates and careful controls on operation, including managing freight to maximise the use of rail and river transport.