Following extensive domestic and international political debate, a final decision was made in December 2012 to proceed to the ‘depoldering’ of the Hertogin Hedwigepolder. From 2009, the Antea Group consultancy and engineering firm, commissioned by the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission, has been involved in preparing plans for the design of the intertidal zone of the Hedwigepolder and the Prosperpolder.
Antea Group Belgium has also been working on the environmental impact assessment for the Flemish part of the project since that time. Initially, work on this project consisted in performing the environmental impact assessment and a number of related analyses. In August 2013, the environmental impact assessment was used in a procedure by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, together with the draft version of the integration plan and associated permits.
The Council of State has meanwhile issued a ruling that has made the decision irrevocable. We assisted the ministry with advice during preparations for the procedure before the Council of State. The client has expressed great satisfaction with the work of Antea Group’s team. Execution of the project is scheduled to start in 2016 and be completed in 2019.
“OUR MAIN TASK WAS TO PROVIDE LEGAL SUBSTANTIATION OF THE ECOLOGICAL MANIFESTATIONS”