Leading marine environmental consultancy ABP Marine Environental Research Ltd (ABPmer) is delighted with the Isle of Wight’s recent decision to grant Wightlink Ferries planning permission for improvements to port facilities at the company’s Fishbourne car ferry terminal.
The proposed facility improvements include the introduction of a new ferry and associated berth works at both terminals. Work on the new terminal will begin in autumn 2016 to install the new boarding ramp to enable more efficient and quieter disembarking of vehicles.
ABPmer provided advice on marine environmental issues for the Wightlink project team throughout the development of this proposal (a key component of Wightlink’s wider upgrade of their Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry service).
ABPmer assessed the coastal process and marine ecology impacts as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment as well as preparing the required Habitat Regulations and Water Framework Directive Assessments. The company also helped develop appropriate mitigation and monitoring commitemtns in consultation with the regulators and Natural England.
Stephen Hull, ABPmer’s Technical Director said “We are delighted that Wightlink Ferries has been granted planning permission for their ferry service upgrade by both Portsmouth City Council and Isle of Wight Council. It’s always good news when a project we have contributed to receives permission to proceed. Our environmental recommendations would have undoubtedly played an important part in the Isle of Wight Council reaching the decision to grant consent”.
ABPmer’s specialist staff have a wealth of EIA experience having contributed to and carried out many multi-disciplinary investigations into the environmental impact of proposed marine developments. The company also has recognised expertise in Habitats Regulations Assessment and routinely prepare Water Framework Directive Assessments for coastal and nearshore developments, where required.