In brief: Public inquiry into container terminal in Essex ends

A five-month public inquiry into plans for a container terminal in Essex ended last week. The inquiry into Hutchison Ports UK's £300 million proposal for Bathside Bay in Harwich, which began in April, is the third of four major inquiries into container port proposals. The first proposal, by Associated British Ports for a terminal at Dibden Bay in Hampshire, was rejected by the government earlier this year. A decision is expected soon on P&O's application for a port at Shellhaven in Essex. An inquiry into Hutchison's plans to expand facilities at Felixstowe, Suffolk, will start at the end of October.

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