Project: Able UK Marine Energy Park PINS Application
Mercury was commissioned by Able UK – one of the country’s leading port operators and developers – to deliver community and stakeholder engagement to support their Planning Inspectorate application for a £450m Marine Energy Park on the South Humber Bank.
Able Marine Energy Park will be a multi-user operational port dedicated to the needs of the renewable energy sector which has been designed in conjunction with the industry to the sector’s specifications.
However, the nature and scale of the scheme (including the need to flood an area of compensation land) required Planning Inspectorate consent as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.
The scheme required a sensitive consultation process taking onboard the views of other port operators, MPs and councilors, businesses, environmental groups, land owners and of course, local residents.
Mercury developed and delivered a bespoke campaign of face to face meetings with key stakeholders, PR, website, newsletters and a series of public consultation events.
The consultation and communication campaign was delivered on time and within budget allowing Able to fine tune their plans in line with comprehensive stakeholder feedback.
The stakeholder consultation was commended by the Planning Inspectorate who consented the scheme at the first time of asking.