Environmental considerations will be an integral part of the development of the NTPG project and remain at the forefront of our planning process

Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary are areas of outstanding environmental importance; therefore, environmental considerations will be an integral part of the development of the NTPG project. 

We have agreed with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that they will provide a team to examine all aspects relating to environmental care in these areas.  We are also engaging with the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation to ensure safeguarding the ecology of the Bay and the Duddon is at the forefront of our planning.

  • The NERC will produce a report setting out details of the current environmental status, the environmental history of the area over the last 50 years, and what that environment may look like as a result of the project going ahead.  
  • The NERC will make recommendations on how best to ensure NTPG’s project has the most positive impact on Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. 
  • The NERC has agreed to monitor NTPG’s adherence to their recommendations, as part of an effective environmental audit.
  • The NERC team will also carry out the necessary Strategic Environmental Assessments. 

An added benefit of this approach is that key environmental work may be carried out more efficiently and on a shorter timescale, thus reducing the overall project costs.

We believe this is an innovative and effective way of dealing with the environmental aspects of a major infrastructure project.