Sefton Council has argued it will need “more environmental assurances” before a proposed bitumen storage and distribution facility at Bootle docks can go ahead, citing concerns over air quality.
Starious Bitumen is proposing to build a facility at Hornby Dock on Regent Road and had argued the scheme could go ahead without planning permission, proposing to develop the project under permitted development rights.
However, the council said it will need to provide an environmental impact statement to bring the scheme forward, citing concerns over air pollution caused by rising vehicle traffic in the area, and from the Port of Liverpool.
Starious’ proposals are expected to generate around 6,000 HGV movements per year, which the council argued would have “a significant impact on the air quality” of local communities.
The EIA will include a number of different technical reports that show the scheme’s impact on nearby properties, and will help to inform both the public and Sefton Council once a planning application is submitted.
Bitumen is primarily used in construction for paving and roofing, and is made from distilled petroleum.
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour leader at Sefton Council, said: “We have looked long and hard into this proposal and feel more environmental assurances are needed before anything can progress.
“We strongly believe that the proposal is chemical storage and distribution which falls under the EIA Regulations of 2017.
“Our biggest concern centres around the impact this facility will have on air quality in the south of the borough when we already have declared four Air Quality Management Areas nearby.
“We feel it is with our best interests to request an Environmental Impact Assessment from the company to get a better understanding of how this could affect our local communities in the south of the borough and await their next steps.”