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Byline: Mike Blackburn

The public consultation period over long-running plans to scrap "ghost ships" on Teesside has been extended yet again.

Hartlepool Council confirmed it has received further additional information from Able UK regarding its proposed development of its Graythorp yard.

Able UK provided the information in response to comments made during public consultation earlier this year - on previous additional information submitted by the firm.

As a result, a further period of public consultation is now under way to allow people to find out more about these latest details and give any views on them.

Able UK's main planning application seeks permission to construct, repair, refurbish and decommission ships, vessels and other craft at its TERRC facility.

It also proposes dredging works within the dock basin.

The latest additional information relates largely to the impact of the dredging proposals.

As reported last month, the Environment Agency again objected to the application to create new quays, a dam and a dry dock.

The watchdog said it required "scientific modelling" to prove the dredging works would not have an environmental impact on Seal Sands wildlife reserve.

A week later Able UK submitted a model showing how dredging could affect water and sediments in the Tees Estuary.

An Able UK spokesman said the information provided "will give the agency the confidence they require and enable the proposals to be considered by the local planning authority at the earliest opportunity".

CDs containing the extra information are available from Hartlepool Council's development control section at Bryan Hanson House, in Lynn Street, at a cost of pounds 2 per CD or can be viewed at the office.

Comments about the new information should be submitted in writing by Friday, May 12 to the development control section. For more information, call 01429 523004.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2006
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