The proposed development would require new equipment onsite to process the gas into hydrogen, together with loading bays to safely transfer the hydrogen ready for transport. This would not represent a significant change in noise or air pollution from the existing approved equipment. The proposed development would require new equipment onsite to process the gas into hydrogen, together trailer loading equipment to safely transfer the hydrogen ready for transport.
This new equipment would be contained within the existing fenced compound, screened by 20m tall trees on three sides, reducing the potential for visual impact as viewed from the wider area. As part of this development some of the existing equipment would be removed.
The number of HGV movements to and from the site would naturally increase for a short period during installation. However, once operational, movements will only be associated with the transportation of hydrogen off the site and for periodic maintenance. This would amount to six-to-eight HGV movements per day, on average. IGas is committed to keeping the impact of the hydrogen transportation to a minimum and vehicle movements on weekdays and Saturdays will only take place within the already consented timeframes, plus minimal morning hours during Sundays and Public Holidays. These levels are compatible with historic traffic management plans for other schemes at the site and it is not considered that the proposal would have any impact on the highway network or on general environmental amenity.