9 April 2009
Department for Communities and Local Government to undertake project supported by WYG Planning & Design.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is to undertake a review on the operation of hazardous substances consents and the Control of Major Accidents Hazards Regulations in England, Scotland and Wales. Part of this review will also look at the role of the planning system in dealing with development around major hazard sites. One of the focuses will be on case studies highlighting the way in which hazardous substances consents and COMAH licenses are granted, and how the development of land around major hazard sites is handled.
The outcomes of the review project will inform the Government's response to the recommendations of the Major Incident Investigation Board, which was set up to examine the causes of the Buncefield disaster in 2005. The DCLG has commissioned WYG Planning & Design to provide expertise, working closely with the Health and Safety Executive, The Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, throughout the project.
Martin Hawthorne, Director, WYG Planning & Design said ‘We are delighted to be making a contribution in this important area of planning policy to ensure that, in the future, land use planning for and around major hazard sites is as streamlined and effective as possible and community risk is much better controlled.”
The project will run for 6 months from April 2009. WYG Planning & Design is keen to hear from planning authorities, operators, developers and third parties interested in contributing to the study or putting forward potential case studies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo caption: Aerial image of the Buncefield Disaster on 11 December 2005, reproduced courtesy of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board.