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Proposal for 384MW data centre filed with North Lincolnshire Council

Written by Wed 20 Mar 2024

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A preliminary environmental impact assessment (EIA) screening request has been filed with North Lincolnshire Council to construct a data centre south of South Killingholme. 

The preliminary EIA screening was submitted by development consultancy company, Pegasus Group, on behalf of Humber Tech Park.

Humber Tech Park is a proposed artificial intelligence (AI) data centre in North Lincolnshire, near the Humber estuary. If built, Humber Tech Park said it will be one of the largest data centres in Europe.

The South Killingholme proposed development will consist of a data centre of up to 309,000sqm, providing up to 384MW of capacity across up to three buildings. These buildings will include ancillary offices, internal plant and equipment, with emergency backup generators and associated fuel storage.

Pegasus Group said the proposed development will provide ‘multiple socioeconomic benefits to the existing communities’. 

“Initial Socio-Economic assessment work already undertaken for the scheme indicates the proposal would support at least 3,000 jobs a year on and off-site over the anticipated 3-year construction phase,” said Pegasus Group in the preliminary EIA Screening.   

Pegasus Group added the likely jobs anticipated when fully operational is around 370 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs. The development consultancy group added a small number of individuals will be impacted by the proposal, primarily in terms of changes to the landscape and visual surroundings. 

The proposed development is intended to be permanent, without plans for decommissioning. However, its operation will follow standard procedures for a data centre, which may include periodic testing of generators.

North Lancashire Data Centre Biodiversity Measures

Pegasus Group said the application site lacks any official nature conservation designations and is not located in an environmentally sensitive area. 

Although there are no ecological designations directly bordering the site, it mainly consists of agricultural arable land with hedgerows and mature trees along its boundaries. The proposed development includes measures to minimise impacts on these features. 

While the site’s ecological value ranges from low to high, with higher value areas along field boundaries, the design aims to preserve these features, thereby limiting direct impacts on protected species.

“Whilst there may be an effect on biodiversity, the Proposed Development seeks to retain and enhance areas of wildlife value where possible,” said Pegasus Group on behalf of Humber Tech Park. 

The design of the Proposed Development includes new meadow habitats, wetland habitats, hedgerow planting, and strategic woodland planting to form robust green boundaries.

Therefore, it is very unlikely the proposed development will lead to a significant loss of natural resources and therefore significant impacts are not anticipated on the land. 

A Screening Opinion has been requested to evaluate cumulative impacts alongside other developments. North Lincolnshire Council noted potential impacts on significant archaeological heritage assets, necessitating a pre-application archaeological field evaluation for approval.

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Written by Wed 20 Mar 2024

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