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RR511 - Revised land use planning arrangements around large scale petroleum depots

Following the incident at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot in December 2005, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commissioned Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to assist in reviewing HSE’s approach to providing land use planning (LUP) advice in the vicinity of similar installations.

Proposals for revised arrangements for provision of LUP advice have been developed. Two options are presented. The proposals are based on a review of information on the effect of blast on building occupants, observations of the blast damage at Buncefield, and a review of some of the justification underpinning certain aspects of the current arrangements. Both of the options proposed would result in greater restriction on development of land in the vicinity of those sites affected.

For both options, the proposed system would operate within a defined geographical area around affected sites. The sensitivity of the size of this area to certain factors has been investigated.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2009-05-01