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Whitehill Gas Storage LVIA

East Riding of Yorkshire, E-ON UK Plc

E.ON Gas Storage is proposing to develop a major underground gas storage facility at Whitehill, close to Aldbrough in East Yorkshire. The project will consist of ten underground storage caverns which will be built nearly 2km below the ground, created in the salt strata underlying the Holderness coast. The proposed gas processing plant will be built at Whitehill Farm, which was chosen for its natural screening.

An Environmental Statement (ES) and Further Information Document (FID) have been previously submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in connection with the application for planning permission. E.ON has proposed some design modifications to the project. Instead of a single wellhead compound there will be three, and the positions and heights of some of the gas processing plant has changed.

OPEN was commissioned to undertake the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), update the landscape and biodiversity masterplan and identify the likely significant landscape and visual effects resulting from these changes. The assessment was based on ‘development envelopes‘, relating to the height, width and depth of each part of the development. These development envelopes were modelled and shown in photomontages to illustrate and inform the assessment. Illustrative masterplan drawings were prepared to illustrate the landscape and biodiversity plan for the gas processing plant and wellheads. Although the LVIA identified temporary, significant effects during the construction phase, beneficial effects on the landscape and habitat of the area will result over the long term due to the enhancement proposals set out in the landscape and biodiversity masterplan. In particular, this includes habitat enhancement for local wildlife; additional native woodland planting in locally characteristic patterns; new native hedgerows planted to reflect historic field patterns and the creation of floristically enhanced grassland.