NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT Regulation 6 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Land Drainage Improvement Works (Amended) Regulations 1999 SI 1999/1783Notice ID: BOU1769761
NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT Regulation 6 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Land Drainage Improvement Works (Amended) Regulations 1999 SI 1999/1783 River Sowy and King's Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme - Phase 1 The Environment Agency gives notice that it proposes (on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority) to carry out improvement works to the flood defences on the River Sowy and King's Sedgemoor Drain. The scheme is located in the Somerset Levels and Moors, Bridgwater, between Parchey Bridge, Chedzoy (NGR ST 35220 37719) and Monk's Leaze Clyce Sluice, Langport (NGR ST 40939 27604), a distance of 14 kilometres. The proposed improvement works will involve the following: improving the existing flood banks by raising the bank to a consistent flood defence level along sections of the water course and creating a number of different ecological enhancements along the water course. Outfall structures will be modified as required to accommodate the new design level. Sedgemoor District Council have determined that the proposed development is permitted development under Schedule 2, Part 13, Class D Parts D.1. (b) and (f) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) and does not require planning permission. Furthermore, the works are likely to constitute Environmental Impact Assessment development under The Town and County Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (as amended), they are to be carried out by a 'drainage body' (the Environment Agency) as defined in the Land Drainage Act 1991 (as amended) and the works are considered to meet the definition of 'improvement works' as defined in Environmental Impact Assessment (Land Drainage Improvement Works) Regulations 1999. As such, the Environment Agency is undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and is producing an Environmental Statement (ES) to determine whether the works are likely to have significant effects on the environment. This ES will be published, advertised and made available for inspection in due course. An EIA scoping report for this proposed scheme has already been produced and can be made available upon request, using the contact details below. Once produced, the Environmental Statement, General Arrangement and design elements will be made available. For further information regarding the projects intent to prepare an Environmental Statement for this scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. When the Environmental Statement is produced an advert will be published notifying when and where it can be accessed online. A physical copy of the Environmental Statement upon request can also be obtained. This notice is to inform the public of the need for a determination of whether the improvement works should proceed. Any person wishing to make representations in relation to the likely environmental effects of the proposed improvement works should do so, in writing, to the address specified below, within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Gary Cutts, Lead Project Manager Environment Agency, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LQ.