"Dalby Offshore Services is working with Scarborough Borough Council to promote the Borough - and the ports of Whitby and Scarborough in particular - as a great location to establish offshore wind operations and maintenance activity.
Following an open tender process, Dalby Offshore Services Limited were identified as the Councils preferred tenderer for the development of Endeavour Wharf, Whitby.
Dalby now proposes the establishment of a centre to undertake personnel and equipment transfer, vessel management operations and vessel servicing activity. We are also proposing the inclusion within the development of an offshore renewables information / visitor centre which will be open to the public.
Whitby Port has a unique selling point, being geographically important to offshore wind developments in the North Sea and has the potential to provide excellent facilities to service the O&M industry.
It is open to the sea with no locks and has existing port infrastructure and water depth suitable for the handling of the next generation of larger service and maintenance boats suitable for the longer transit distances. Previously the Port accommodated 24 large trawlers as well as other port users and Endeavour Wharf itself handled 300 cargo vessels movements per year and over 150,000 tonnes of cargo. These days the port has limited trawler activity and no cargo or cargo vessels. There is ample room to accommodate this development and to provide a much needed boost to the port capacity on the East coast.
Dalby Offshore Services is committed to bringing forward a high quality proposal and have held a number of very successful stakeholder consultations to gather initial views on operational and design issues.
We are now recruiting a team of architects and will be undertaking full public consultation in the coming weeks.
We hope to have undertaken the majority of the consultation and development work for this scheme by the spring of 2015, with the ambition to have the proposals implemented and operational by the beginning of 2016."
A good starting point, as it will be coming up on the planning agenda shortly. Hmmm OK so what are the issues: looking at the 'map' it appears this development is in prime Whitby tourist territory. Erm, central not peripheral. (Thats the railway station to the left) This 'site' map is slightly larger that the Dalby one but hey ho?
Anyhow heres a rather neat website to put the 'development' into context; (WSOSW) - wow - like that (willbewas) ... Whitby Save our Souls Whitby ?
Some very interesting stuff on WSOSW - Whitby & Scarborough Off Shore Wind) - very useful :-)
Will there be a planning application?
No, this is unlikely, unless the proposals change.
One of the pass fail criteria of the invitation to tender was that only permitted development activity would be considered. The outline proposals as they currently stand are within the definition permitted development. i.e. they’re in line with the undertakings of a port and are associated with the transfer of persons, equipment and cargo etc. onto vessels.
However prior to any permitted development application, given the sensitive environment in which this proposal is to be located and the possible implications this may have on stakeholders, the Council’s Development Control service is calling for the tenderer to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and the community; and to demonstrate that any proposals do not detract from the environment in which they are to be established.
Hmm so when were the public consultations?
Here is an oldie but ... some pepes have been trying to get ther hands on the Wharf etc for some time :- ) http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/sham-storm... "CAMPAIGNERS fighting a marina development in Captain Cook's old port of Whitby are taking their battle to the Local Government Ombudsman, claiming the consultations on the scheme have been a sham. ... There is also concern about how the new-look marina will affect Whitby's bid for World Heritage status." - Did they get that?
Indeed it is prime development site - in the heart of Whitby - tis one thing having the Endeavour docked but erm ... in case you missed it:
Evidently this development will change the very 'heart' of Whitby ... still can't find the public consultation (external to stakeholders) ....
Some R&D to do ... Captain Crook ... erm no Cooking.
Hmm a timely reminder : forget? ;-)
back to the beginning ...