Barton Moss Exploratory Site Abandonment, Site Restoration and Decommissioning Programme
Helen Chuntso made this Freedom of Information request to Salford City Council
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Dear Salford City Council,
Dear Salford City Council,
I refer to the original planning permission 10/58590/FUL dated 17th June 2010, Issued 18th June 2010 available at:
From section 12:
“Within three months of the commencement of development, full details of a scheme for the restoration of the site shall be submitted for the written approval of the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall outline all steps to be taken including the removal of all buildings and structures and the replacement of all stripped soils. The scheme shall detail the timescales for implementing and completing the restoration works.
These [restoration works] shall provide for the complete restoration of the site no longer than 25 years from the date of commencement of the development, or within 18 months of the cessation of the production test phase (when a decision has been taken to abandon the wells), whichever is the sooner. Where site activity ceases the developer shall provide written confirmation of the site's status to the Local Planning Authority on request, and where that status is that the production test phase has ceased and the wells are being abandoned then the requirement to restore the site shall be triggered.”
1) Please state yes, or no, if Salford City Council have contacted IGas in the time period of after 18 months following the site abandonment, in order to 'ensure that the site is restored when the development has ceased and comply with Policy M2 of The Adopted City Of Salford Unitary Development Plan'.
2) Please provide a copy of all relevant communications between IGas and Salford City Council which discuss the operator's decommissioning responsibilities outlined in question 1 above.
3) Where any ongoing methane emission programme has been decided or implemented following the 18 month abandonment, please forward details.
Dear Ms. Chuntso,
I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request of 5^th
April 2019. Your request and the council’s response are as follows:
1) Please state yes, or no, if Salford City Council have contacted IGas
in the time period of after 18 months following the site abandonment, in
order to 'ensure that the site is restored when the development has ceased
and comply with Policy M2 of The Adopted City Of Salford Unitary
Response: The City Council has not contacted IGas. However we have
recently contacted the new owner of the site (Ineos) where it has been
confirmed that site activity has been suspended. So yes the City Council
has contacted the new site operator but not on the pretence that the site
has been abandoned.
2) Please provide a copy of all relevant communications between IGas
and Salford City Council which discuss the operator's decommissioning
responsibilities outlined in question 1 above.
Response: The new site operator has been contacted to ascertain what
activity has or is taking place at the site. It was not on the basis of
any decommissioning. There are no communications between IGas and the City
3) Where any ongoing methane emission programme has been decided or
implemented following the 18 month abandonment, please forward details.
Response: As the site operator has confirmed that activity has been
suspended the question of abandonment does not arise. The planning
permission does not refer to any ongoing methane emission programme
although it may be a requirement of other regulatory authorities.
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