OILRIG DECOM Documents

This page contains active links to all the planning and related documents for the ‘Peelports (Clydeport Operations Ltd) – Hunterston PARC Construction Yard – Oil Rig / Marine Structure decommissioning port’. They are arranged in chronological order In an attempt to make sense of the project and the decision making process that has occurred. 

Please note that the documents on this page are publicly available or have been released under Freedom of Information requests. Material is presented on grounds of fair use (fair dealing) and in the public interest. 

Documents & Timeline

27/01/12 – Request for Screening Opinion from Enviro Centre to Marine Scotland LOT  

01/02/12 –  Request for EIA screening opinion

15/03/12Screening Opinion from Marine Scotland LOT

–/09/12Eelgrass and Horse Mussel Intertidal Survey 

13/02/14Thousands of tonnes of coal polluting marine environment

10/02/16 Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting 

23/03/16 – 16/00268/PP: Application  to delete Condition 1 of planning permission 11/00230/PPM to remove the temporary restriction on the use of the site at Hunterston Construction Yard.  ADVERTISEMENT, COVERING LETTER, APPLICATION, DECISION NOTICE, EH RESPONSE, FAIRLIE CC RESPONSE, HSE NUCLEAR RESPONSE, LOCATION PLAN, OBJECTION COMMENT, OBJECTION COMMENT 2, SEPA CHECKLIST, SEPA RESPONSE, SNH RESPONSE, WEST KILBRIDE CC RESPONSE   

07/06/16 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to Hunterston developments or EIA Screening). 

05/10/16 –  Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting state that “NAC are working with Peelports on Hunterston” and that Peelports are looking for ways to dump dredged material. 

01/12/16Briefing Document from Developers to Marine Scotland LOT 

13/12/16Archeology Desk Based Assessment for EnviroCentre

17/01/17Draft Environmental Review prepared by Enviro Centre Ltd 

09/02/17 – Environmental Review prepared by Enviro Centre Ltd

20/02/17Request for a Screening Opinion from Enviro Centre Ltd to NAC 

20/02/17 –  Email from MS to NAC proposing joint EIA screening proposal

22/03/17 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting indicate  that CMPP  members agreed to the recommendation that the CMPP will not respond to pre- application and marine license consultations until the plan is developed, except in extraordinary circumstances.

24/03/17 –  NAC out of office reply to MS

24/03/17 – Email from MS to NAC re. screening opinion

08/05/17Clarification for a Screening Request from Enviro Centre Ltd to NAC 

08/05/17 – Email response from NAC and MS to screening clarification

12/05/17 –  Email from MS to SNH re Screening

19/05/17 – NAC  Screening Opinion  & NAC Checklist 

19/05/17 –  Email from NAC to MS notification of FINAL screening opinion

26/05/17 – email from MS to SNH asking for screening opinion

26/05/17SNH EIA Screening Opinion and advice to Marine Scotland   

13/06/17 – Marine Scotland Screening Screening Opinion & Advice

26/06/17 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting indicate  that CMPP are considering the statutory consultees role and responsibilities during marine license, pre-applications and other consultations. 

10/10/17 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting indicate  that NAC & Peelports are continuing the discussion for options at Hunterston but no mention at of all the scoping and screening work that has already taken place before this date. 

23/11/17 – Peelports Coal Migration Report 2017 prepared by EnviroCentre Ltd. 

13/12/17 –  17/01273/PP: Application to vary Condition 1 of Planning Permission 16/00268/PP to allow use of the site for decommissioning of large marine structures. ADVERTISEMENT, APPLICATION, COVERING LETTER, CUMBRAE CC RESPONSE, ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION, FAIRLIE CC RESPONSE, HSE NUCLEAR RESPONSE, LOCATION PLAN, NOISE APPRAISAL, OBJECTION LETTER, PLANNING PERMISSION 16/00268/PP, REPRESENTATION LETTER, REPRESENTATION LETTER 2, SEPA RESPONSE, WEST KILBRIDE RESPONSE, 

05/02/18SNH to NAC re Pollution Prevention Certificate 

10/01/18Clarification Statement for Evironmental Studies for Applications EnviroCentre to NAC 

25/01/18Email from SNH to Arch Henderson re PAC Event

30/01/18Emails between NAC and SNH re Variation in Planning Permission 

30/01/18 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting indicate  that NAC & Peelports are working closely on the reutilisation of site and contracted a demolition company to remove equipment. 

14/02/18Emails between NAC & SNH re PPC Licenses

16/02/18 – 18/00132/PP Planning Application for the Erection of caisson gates and subsequent removal of existing bund at the Hunterston Construction Yard. APPLICATION, BLOCK PLAN, COASTAL ASSESSMENT, EXISTING SITE PLAN, LOCATION PLAN, OVERALL CLARIFICATION, SECTION & ELEVATION PLANS, REMOVAL PROCEDUREPLANNING CONDITIONS.

19/02/18 – 18/00134/PP: Planning Application for the  Replacement and Enlargement of existing jetty  at the Hunterston Construction Yard. APPLICATION, COASTAL ASSESSMENT, DETAILED DECK PLAN & ELEVATION, EXISTING SITE PLAN & PHOTOGRAPHS, JETTY BLOCK PLAN, JETTY SECTIONS, LOCATION PLAN, OVERALL CLARIFICATION LETTER  PLANNING CONDITIONS

22/02/18 – Statutory Marine Scotland ‘public’ Pre-Consultation – Seamill Hydro.  (This event has to be re run due to Peelports neglecting to inform statutory consultees about event or developments)

26/02/18Letter from SEPA to NAC – Variation on planning permission 

01/03/18Email from SNH to SNH – searching for lost Screening Opinion 

02/03/18 Letter from SNH to NAC discussing the use of mitigation measures

05/03/18 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership presentation at 7.30pm in Fairlie Village Hall. An opportunity to discuss the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, that includes Peelport Board Members. This event is not specifically for Hunterston but may have opportunity to raise questions about it in terms of  marine environment and with regard to the contents of the Clyde Marine Region Assessment 2017.  

15/03/18 – Freedom of Information Request and Reply to Marine Scotland for Environmental information relating to Hunterston Project. 

28/03/18 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports, NAC & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting state that the Hunterston planning applications will be going to NAC Planning Committee on 25//04/18 and Peelports will be making representation at the meeting. 

29/03/18Marine Scotland – Notice to carry out an expected activity (Obtained under FOI)

06/04/18Sediment Sampling – SNH & Marine Scotland Consultation (Obtained under FOI)

11/04/18Email from NAC to SNH re Jetty Construction 

12/04/18Email from SNH screening officer to NAC planning officer  re caisson gate 

12/04/18Email from SNH screening officer to NAC planning officer  re Jetty 

25/04/18 – NAC Planning Committee. Planning applications 17/01273/PP variation in consent  18/00132/PP pier construction  18/00134/PP cassion dock all approved subject to conditions. 

27/04/18Email from SNH to Marine Scotland re Drilling Consultation

01/05/18Email to Tom Marshall (NAC), Marine Scotland, Ross Greer MSP and CMPP 

02/05/18Letter from Arch Henderson to CMPP concerning PAC event 

22/05/18Response to request for CMPP for special circumstance (Obtained under FOI)

12/06/18 – Minutes of informal meeting between Fairlie Community Council and Peelports 

12/06/18Email correspondence between with CMPP 

12/06/18Email response from Marine Scotland to Petroleum Act questions 

14/06/18 – Statutory Marine Scotland ‘public’ Pre-Consultation event – Seamill Hydro (cancelled due to concerns of public order)

26/06/18 – Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Members Meeting – (SNH, Peelports & Marine Scotland members present but no reference to EIA Sceening). The minutes of this meeting state that investment at the Hunterston site is ongoing. 

27/06/18Letter from Minister Paul Wheelhouse to Ross Greer MSP

03/08/18 – Community Request to NAC for a review of EIA decisions.

03/08/18 – EIA Screening Opinion from NAC in connection with demolition works.(The documents for this have been taken off the NAC Planning Portal and not avaliable for public viewing)

08/08/18 – Statutory Marine Scotland ‘public’ pre-consultation event – Fairlie Village Hall 2-7pm

08/08/18 FOFOC response to Marine Scotland marine License PAC event

24/08/18 – “A Manifest Breach of EIA Legislation“, briefing document by Fairlie Coastal 

14/09/18Kenneth Gibson MSP Hunterston PARC leaflet 

15/09/18SNH Environmental Impact Assessment ‘Smoking Gun’ screening opinion. Briefing document by Fairlie Coastal

19/09/18  – Meeting of NAC Council : Alex Gallacher’s Answers to EIA Question and refusal to read out, to the detriment of TV viewers, his written answer. (Article includes video clip and written answers) 

20/09/18 – Fairlie Coastal’s response to Alex Gallacher’s assertion that there will be no infringement on the SSSI from development. Evidence is presented that indicate the SSSI will be directly impacted by development proposals and that Peelports have made material misrepresentation in their planning applications. 

03/10/18 – SEPA Waste Management License  

13/11/18 –  FOFOC response to Waste Management License application

20/11/18 – Health & Safety critique of proposed oil rig decommissioning at Hunterston Marine Service Centre

05/12/18 –  North Ayrshire Council – Hunterston Construction Yard – SEPA Consultation Response   for consideration at NAC Planning Committee meeting on the 5th December.

Supplementary Documents

Scottish Natural Heritage – EIA Handbook 2018

Town and Country Planning EIA (Scotland) 2017 Regulations

Marine Works EIA (Scotland) 2017 Regulations 

Friends of the Earth – EIA Guide

Friends of the Earth  – EIA Case Law

Friends of the Earth – Campaigners Guide

Friends of the Earth / Greenpeace – EIA Position Paper

Section 12 – Petroleum Act