Project Work
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1 Water Framework Directive - A Guide To Marine Dredging

Peter Barham Environment Ltd worked as part of a team of consultants led by HR Wallingford and including Jan Brooke,
independent consultant, to prepare a guide for ports and dredging industries to meet the requirements of the EU Water
Framework Directive. The work was commissioned through a partnership between the Environment Agency, UKMPG and
BPA and is an excellent example of industry and regulators working together to develop better regulation. Although
dredging is already highly regulated the Directive imposes strict responsibilities on dredging authorities to ensure that
dredging work, essential to maintain or create safe navigation routes, does not damage the environment. The Guide was
developed to provide operators with a step by step guide to meeting these tough and complex regulations in a way
which streamlines the process and reduces complexity to a minimum. Following the steps in the guide allows the
applicant to know exactly what needs to be done and also gives them the assurance that the complexity of the Directive
is comprehensively addressed. Following the steps in the Guide also allows regulatory authorities to have clear evidence
that the requirements of the Directive are being fully met by the applicant.

The Guide is available from the Environment Agency

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/marinedredging

http://www.ukmajorports.org.uk/

http://www.britishports.org.uk/
2 South Humber Gateway Conservation Mitigation Strategy

The South Humber Gateway (SHG) is located on the south bank of the Humber estuary and is the largest development
site for inward investment and jobs in the Yorkshire and Humber region, covering 1000 hectares or nearly four square
miles of land. The industries which need to use the SHG are all involved in major schemes to meet the challenges of
climate change including the on shore development of offshore wind turbines.

With over 150.000 birds visiting the estuary every winter, the Humber is also one of the top six estuaries for migratory
birds in the UK and one of the top ten in Europe.

Yorkshire Forward, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils are working in conjunction with Natural
England, the RSPB and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to develop a Delivery Plan to fulfil the nature conservation
requirements of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site whilst enabling the economic potential of the SHG to be
delivered. Peter Barham Ltd has been engaged on this work to facilitate the development and the delivery of the Plan to
deliver strategic conservation mitigation. The work is developing a clear understanding of the conservation mitigation
required for all potential developments in the SHG to ensure that the needs of the EU Habitats Directive can be met. This
ecological information will form the basis of a delivery plan to create the mitigation and the funding strategy required to
achieve it.

Although not completed yet, all parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding prepared by PBE Ltd. This commits
them to working together to explore and examine strategic options to develop and deliver the Plan while also
recognising that to plan positively for wildlife will speed up decision making and reduce the cost and time of submitting
and resolving planning applications for estuary based development.
3. Port Development and Environmental Approvals

The issues involved with port development are complex and often unclear. Peter Barham Environment Ltd is working with
a major port to identify the regulatory and environmental issues associated with new port facilities and to prepare cost
effective approaches to managing them and then use this information to prepare a structured approach to gaining the
necessary approvals in as short a time as possible and at least cost. Port development is notorious for taking many years to
achieve the necessary consents and with the opportunities that face the industry to meet the requirements of new
industries and transport solutions, it is imperative that the timescales for approval are kept to an absolute minimum. The
expertise that Peter Barham Environment Ltd offers in helping to manage this work could be critical to meeting
increasingly demanding deadlines and to keeping the cost of gaining approvals to a minimum. Previous work by Peter
Barham on port developments in the Humber Estuary led to the withdrawal of all objections to a major port development
thereby removing the need for a very expensive and time consuming Public Inquiry.
4 Facilitating the Seabed User and Developer Group

The SUDG comprises all the key development industries of the marine environment including offshore energy, cables,
aggregate dredging, oil and gas, recreation and carbon capture and storage. While each of these industries has its own
voice, SUDG offers an overall view to Government and regulators of the immense contribution to sustainable
development that marine industries make. PBE Ltd facilitates the Group with actions including:

Responding to Government consultations

Raising awareness of the importance of marine industries and the contributions they make to real sustainable growth
and environmental protection

Practical engagement with Government on the development and application of new regulations

Ensuring that the real socio-economic consequences of marine industries are properly taken into account in new and
existing regulatory processes for managing the marine environment
The South Humber Gateway Vision
To become the North’s global gateway in the United Kingdom
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