Appeal against Donna Nook refusal

THE Environment Agency is to appeal against the refusal of its controversial scheme to turn agricultural land into a wildlife habitat.

Back in June East Lindsey District Council rejected the plan to transform 150 hectares of land at Donna Nook.

The council said it would have lead to permanent loss of high quality agricultural land.

The Environment Agency is lodging an appeal against refusal with the Planning Inspectorate, because they say vital flood defences hinge on the scheme.

An EA spokesperson said: “As part of our programme for reducing flood risk under the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy there is a need to improve flood defences, especially in Grimsby, where there are

20,000 properties in the tidal floodplain. Improvements are also desirable between Tetney and Saltfleet, in

ELDC’s area. Before work on defence improvements can start however, compensatory habitat must be

developed. This is because the Humber is a designated conservation site under the Habitats Regulations

and we are required by UK law to compensate for losses in habitat that are continuing to occur.

“The Donna Nook site has been identified as the most suitable site to develop this compensatory habitat. We were disappointed East Lindsey’s Planning Committee did not approve our planning application to implement this work.”