Public Inquiry

Public Inquiry for Compulsory Purchase Order

Background

In order for Caythorpe Gas Storage Limited to proceed with the Caythorpe Gas Storage Project all of the land interests required for the project must be acquired. The Company has acquired the majority of the necessary interests by agreement however there are some outstanding interests which it has not been possible to negotiate. As a result the Company is seeking to acquire these few remaining interests through the use of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
What has happened so far?

In 2006 a CPO entitled The Caythorpe Gas Storage Limited (Caythorpe Gas Storage Facility) Compulsory Purchase Order 2006 was made. That CPO included rights to store gas under land described in the CPO. Some of the rights were acquired by agreement however it has been necessary to implement the 2006 CPO where agreement was not reached.

On 5 October 2010 the Company made The Caythorpe Gas Storage Limited (Caythorpe Gas Storage Facility) (Supplementary) Compulsory Purchase Order 2010 (the 2010 CPO) for the purposes of acquiring the necessary remaining rights required in order to implement the project.

Following a statutory period for any objections the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has given notice that a local public inquiry into the making of the CPO will be held.

Public Inquiry

A public inquiry was due to take place from 24-26 May 2011 at The Spa Bridlington to consider relevant objections as defined in s13(6) of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981. As all relevant objections were withdrawn the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change cancelled the public inquiry. On 5 July 2011 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change confirmed the Order, with modifications. Notice of confirmation of the Order has been published in the Bridlington Free Press on 14 July 2011.

A copy of the Order and Order maps as confirmed can be viewed here

A copy of the newspaper notice of confirmation of the Order can be viewed here

CPO Documents to View

Prior to the public inquiry the Company is required to submit a document called a “Statement of Case” explaining the Company’s reasons for seeking to compulsorily acquire the interests included in the CPO.

The Company’s Statement of Case can be viewed here

The Statement of Case refers to various “Core Documents” which the Company refers to in support of its case for making the CPO. Each Core Document has been given a prefix starting with CD XX. Other documents will also be presented at the public inquiry.

An index of the Core Documents documents can be viewed here

A comparisson index of the Core Documents documents that highlight the changes made between 20 April – 28 April can be viewed here

The Core Documents are also available to view by following the links in the index here.

In the event that additional documents are added these will be notified to the Secretary of State, any remaining objectors and published on this website.

Contacts for further information

Any queries in relation to the CPO should be directed to:

Simon Taylor on: 07881 816369 or via email at: simon.taylor@mercury-marketing.co.uk