Ecology Surveys for Places for Everyone Allocations

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Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please provide a list of ecological surveys undertaken since 2016 (showing the date of the survey) for each of the Places for Everyone Allocations, together with the associated reports received and any logs/reports that show how the data set out in the ecological reports impacted or revised the proposed Allocation. Please also provide any associated correspondence relating to consideration of these specific sites, particularly in relation to consideration of their status as Priority Habitats.

Yours faithfully,

Susan Sollazzi

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Dear Ms Sollazzi

FOI 15491

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I am writing to respond to your recent request for information. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Dear FoI Request Wigan,

Thank you for your response to my FoI request dated regarding ecological surveys undertaken since 2016 for each of the Places for Everyone Allocations. I provide the following to assist you and hope you will now reply in full.

Re part 1 of the question, I did not request the PfE ecological appraisals, but rather a list detailing the survey work undertaken at these sites and the resulting reports – regardless of whether they formed part of the PfE evidence base. We are aware of site visits by the GMEU and others, so we would like a copy of the survey reports from these visits since 2016.

Re part 2 of the question, I will limit the scope to communications between the Local Planning Authority and the GMCA/GMEU relating to correspondence regarding the ecology/ecological appraisals for the sites within your area in Places for Everyone.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Sollazzi

FoI Request, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Sollazzi

Thank you for your email - I have forwarded your clarification to the service and will respond as soon as they have got back to the FOI hub.

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Kath Peace
Information Governance Assistant

Legal Services - Resources Directorate
Wigan Council
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Wigan WN1 1YN
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Dear Ms Sollazzi

Please find attached a revised response to your FOI request 15491. This request has been handled under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information. His website is https://ico.org.uk/ and his helpline number is 0303 1231113. His staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure if you choose to complain to his office now.

Once again please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

Kind regards

Kath Peace
Information Governance Assistant

Legal Services - Resources Directorate
Wigan Council, PO Box 100
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 3DS

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