Transport Minister Derek Twigg, announced today that he has approved the proposals for a new container terminal at Felixstowe South.
The proposals by Hutchison Ports involve the reconfiguration of the Landguard terminal as a deep-sea container port, and would add almost one kilometre of quayside dedicated to the handling of more containers at Felixstowe.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is also granting planning permission today for the landward works forming part of the reconfiguration proposals. The decision to approve the new terminal is in line with the recommendation of the Inspector who reported last year on the public inquiry held into the proposals in 2004.
Commenting on the announcement, Derek Twigg said: “The proposed reconfiguration of the port will contribute significantly to meeting the national need for additional container handling capacity in a sustainable manner. I am satisfied that the proposals’ impacts on infrastructure and on the environment are acceptable and are adequately addressed by the proposed package of mitigation and other measures agreed by the promoters. “It is important to ensure that the wider impacts of major port developments are fully taken into account.”