High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel extraction planning

Climate Emergency UK made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Argyll and Bute Council as part of a batch sent to 32 authorities Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Climate Emergency UK

Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.

I would like information about your council’s planning in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information is most likely to be held by a planning officer or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following questions:

a. Has the Council approved any new*1 or expanded*2 roads or road junctions in its area from 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted.
*1 The intention of this question is to understand overall increases in road capacity, rather than recent housing developments. Please exclude minor roads built exclusively to connect new housing to the pre-existing road network.
*2 An expanded road or road junction is one that has increased capacity for motor vehicle traffic, not counting bus lanes, cycle infrastructure, or pedestrian infrastructure. Please include roads and junctions where new lanes have been added.

b. Has the council approved any new or expanded airport runways, terminals, measures to increase passenger numbers or other planning proposals that expand airport capacity in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted.

c. Has the Council approved any planning applications for fossil fuel extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted, including where relevant fossil fuel projects that were later ‘called in’ by central government.
By fossil fuel extraction projects we mean: any oil wells and fields (on or offshore), coal mines, fracking and shale gas, gas, natural (including liquified) gas (on or off shore) plants, and unabated fossil fuel generation and power plants well as related infrastructure such as pipelines and terminals for the fossil fuels.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,
Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear Hannah Jewell

Request for information: High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel
extraction planning

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:15241.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2023-02-13
00:00:00. We hope to respond within this timescale but, due to the
staffing/capacity issues with COVID-19, some requests may take little
longer.

Please quote the reference number above in any correspondence you may have
with the Council in regard to this request.

Regards

FOI Officer

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EDST, Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear Hannah Jewell

 

Request for information: High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel
extraction planning

Reference: argyllbuteir:15241.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

 

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

 

Has the council approved any new or expanded airport runways, terminals,
measures to increase passenger numbers or other planning proposals that
expand airport capacity in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st
January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted. No

 

Has the Council approved any planning applications for fossil fuel
extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st
January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted, including where
relevant fossil fuel projects that were later ‘called in’ by central
government. No

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the
Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

Your request for review must state your name and address for
correspondence, specify the request for information to which your request
for review relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response. 

 

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the expiry of the 20 working day period for response to your initial
request by the Council, or not later than 40 working days after the
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review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

EDST

 

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foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Good morning,

 

Further to our earlier reply below please find additional information for
Q1

 

 

a. Has the Council approved any new*1 or expanded*2 roads or road
junctions in its area from 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please
list which ones were accepted.

 

Response:

New junction approved 2021 on A814 next to Hermitage Academy Helensburgh,
Bellway Development Alder Gate (private developer)

Junction expansion in process of design/approval Fort Road/B833 Kilcreggan
(private developer)

New junction for private housing development on the B8086 Colonsay

 

Regards,

 

David Sinclair

Compliance and Regulatory Assistant

Legal and Regulatory Services

01546 604352

 

From: EDST <[email address]>
Sent: 08 February 2023 16:21
To: [FOI #936510 email]
Cc: [email address]
Subject: High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel extraction planning
argyllbuteir:15241 [OFFICIAL]

 

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Hannah Jewell

 

Request for information: High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel
extraction planning

Reference: argyllbuteir:15241.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

 

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

 

Has the council approved any new or expanded airport runways, terminals,
measures to increase passenger numbers or other planning proposals that
expand airport capacity in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st
January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted. No

 

Has the Council approved any planning applications for fossil fuel
extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st
January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted, including where
relevant fossil fuel projects that were later ‘called in’ by central
government. No

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the
Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [1][Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

Your request for review must state your name and address for
correspondence, specify the request for information to which your request
for review relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response. 

 

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days after
the expiry of the 20 working day period for response to your initial
request by the Council, or not later than 40 working days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or any
notification of refusal or partial refusal.

 

If you make an application for review and remain dissatisfied with the way
in which the review has been dealt with you are entitled to make an
application to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS (Tel: 01334 464610) for a
further review. You can now do this online here -  
[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

 

You must make representation to the Scottish Information Commissioner no
later than 6 months after the date of receipt by you of the notice or
decision you are dissatisfied with or within 6 months of the expiry of the
period of 20 working days from receipt by the Council of your request for
review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

EDST

 

 

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