decision to withdraw objection to the development proposal by Prospect Gun Club for clay pigeon shooting facility at Prospect Farm, Prospect Lane, Rixton, Warrington

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Dear Natural England,

This FOI regards to decision of Natural England to withdraw its objection to the development proposal by Prospect Gun Club for clay pigeon shooting facility at Prospect Farm, Prospect Lane, Rixton, Warrington. Can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. What were the exact reasons why Natural England’s objection (based on concerns over impacts of the proposed development on Risley Moss SSSI/SAC) was withdrawn? Please send me a copy of the letter dated 25th July 2012 to Warrington Borough Council AND the email of 6th August 2012 to Warrington Borough Council detailing the withdrawal of its objection.

2. Did the officer(s) who recommended/made the decision to withdraw the objection ever visit the proposed site prior to recommending withdrawal?

3. Did the Natural England officer(s) who recommended/ made the decision to withdraw the objection have sight of any data from the Wardell Armstrong noise assessment (dated January 2013) prior to recommending withdrawal?

4. Was the potential impact of the development on the nearby Rixton Clays Pits SSSI / SAC (for which NE has responsibility to prevent deterioration of the criteria it was selected on) included as a material consideration in the decision to withdraw the objection?

5. Did the Natural England officer(s) who recommended/made the decision to withdraw the objection take into account the potential impact on wintering birds as per Natural England’s own SSSI citation for Risley Moss which states the whole area “is also if value to wintering wildfowl and raptors.”

6. Was evidence from wintering bird surveys, or details of wintering birds (particularly Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl and other Red list or Wild Birds Directive Annex 1 species ever requested by Natural England as part of the consideration of this development?

6. Did the Natural England officer(s) who recommended/made the decision to withdraw the objection take into account the obligations under the EU Wild Birds directive to protect species for which Special Protection Areas are established such as Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus -see Appendix 1 at:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexU...

- even when those species are outside an SPA?
This states “In respect of the protection areas referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, (Special Protection Areas ) Member States shall take appropriate steps to avoid pollution or deterioration of habitats or any disturbances affecting the birds, in so far as these would be significant having regard to the objectives of this Article. Outside these protection areas, Member States shall also strive to avoid pollution or deterioration of habitats.” Source: DIRECTIVE 2009/147/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, Article 4, sub-section 4

All responses to be sent to Mr Philip Martin at the email address supplied. Please note that subject to a number of subsections of the FOI Act 2000, a public authority must comply with requests promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.

Yours faithfully,

Phil Martin

FOI (NE), Natural England

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<<5698_58759_201219709_Clay Pigeon Shoot.pdf>> <<5698_75073_2012_19709
Clay Pigeon Shoot Prospect Farm, Prospect Lane, Warrington.pdf>>
<<59973_60177_Prospect Farm Clay Pigeon Shoot Noise and bird
monitoring.pdf>> <<Land Use Planning Consultation Feedback form
(v.2.1.2)_pub_0001.pdf>>

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Phil Martin left an annotation ()

the information received clarified Natural Englands position well. They sent a detailed response and I was pleasantly surprised how quick they were to reply. we were able to use this information at a Council planning hearing, to confirm NE had not withdrawn their objection, which we thought was the case

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