• 23. August 2018
  • 15:00
  • Economy

Fairway adjustment on the Lower & Outer Elbe

Third planning decision issued

The fairway adjustment is the most important strategic development project for the Port of Hamburg. Upgrading the fairway can start as soon as the Federal and Hamburg planning authorities have eliminated the reservations expressed by the Court. A corresponding supplementary planning procedure has been carried out and completed today with a supplementary planning decision. This was mainly concerned with the ‘Billwerder Island Tidal Connection’ project. The Court saw the need for an additional coherence protection measure in line with European conservation law for a unique type of plant, the hemlock water dropwort.
The federal authorities responsible for planning permission - for upgrading the stretch from the Hamburg state border to the North Sea - and Hamburg’s authority – responsible for the delegated stretch from the bifurcation in the East to the state border near Tinsdal - have complemented their original planning approval decisions with supplementary coherence protection measures and have today presented the decision. With the supplementary planning permission for a further coherence protection measure, the decisive objection by the Federal Administrative Court in its decision of 9 February 2017 has been eliminated. This supplementary planning approval also negates the previous decision on planning permission of 23 April 2012, preventing implementation of the project.  Legally, nothing now stands in the way of implementing the major construction project.
First Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher: “For Germany’s foreign trade, the Port of Hamburg is its gateway to the world.  It is an important hub for global goods flows and contributes greatly to Hamburg’s economic strength. With today’s supplementary planning decision, we have full legal planning approval for the adjustment of the fairway that will make the Port of Hamburg considerably more competitive internationally.”
Senator Frank Horch: Since February 2017, we have worked intensively on eliminating the Court’s final reservations. The results of this work are to be found in the resolution issued today. We now have planning permission: We will begin with explosive ordnance and preliminary construction measures in the next few days. All tendering has already been completed. The partner companies can be engaged to start work immediately.”
As an administrative decision, the Third Planning decision can, of course, be legally challenged, just like any other. This would require attempting to lodge an appeal with the Federal Administrative Court.

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