The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a consultation document to help shape its future policy on the advice given to Planning Authorities when they consider applications close to large scale petrol storage facilities.

The public consultation follows the explosion and fire at the Buncefield fuel storage depot on 11 December 2005 and the emerging findings from the Major Incident Investigation Board’s investigation.

The consultation document can be accessed at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd211.htm

HSE Deputy Chief Executive, Justin McCracken, said, “Land use planning is a matter of importance and public interest and we are keen to encourage views from the public including those affected by the Buncefield explosion. This consultation exercise will enable an open and transparent approach to making policy decisions that reflect the needs, concerns and aspirations of the people they will affect.”

The consultation will run until 22 May 2007.

Hard copies can be obtained by contacting:

Sandra Ashcroft

5S.1 Redgrave Court

Bootle

Liverpool L20 7HS

Email: Sandra.ashcroft.lupqueries@hse.gsi.gov.uk, phone: 0151 951 3178