HPH gets build extension for Bathside development
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has received a five year build extension on the new container port development at Bathside Bay in the UK – meaning that instead of a deadline of 2016, it has up until 2021 to start work.
HPH says that the extension was applied for because of the recession. Paul Davey, HPH spokesman, said to Port Strategy: “The Bathside consent was extended due to the recession impacting on growth. This is not unique to Bathside or even ports.”
Meanwhile, the local Tendring Council says that it’s important that the development goes ahead because it’s absolutely vital to the economy of the town of Harwich and the district itself.
The multi-million Harwich International Container Terminal (HICT) project was originally given the green light by the Secretary of State in March 2006 following a public inquiry. It will be located adjacently to Harwich International Port and should bring much needed jobs and investment to the area.
Hutchison Ports originally came forward with an application to extend the time limit for the scheme for another five years in January 2011.
It then applied for a variation on the original development application last November but later retracted it in light of “the anticipated costs and delay associated with a call-in and public inquiry.”
This provoked urgent talks at Whitehall to try to rescue the proposal because the council feared that HPH would pull out of the development altogether.
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