FOI request: Planning

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information request.

I would like information about your Council's Planning policy in relation to climate action.

In particular, please supply me with:
1a. What is the Councils’ policy on accepting planning applications on fossil fuel extraction projects?
By fossil fuel extraction projects we mean: any oil wells and fields (on or offshore), coal mines, fracking, gas, natural (including liquified) gas (on or off shore) plants, as well as related infrastructure such as pipelines and terminals for the fossil fuels.

b. Has the Council had any fossil fuel extraction project proposals submitted to them since 1st January 2019 until 1st June 2022?
c. Has the Council rejected or accepted any fossil fuel extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until today 1st June 2022? Please list which ones were accepted and rejected.

This may include, but should not be limited to, meeting minutes and other materials such as power point presentations considered by meeting participants, reports, spreadsheets, and relevant messages sent via tools such as WhatsApp, Slack, Yammer, or Signal.

I am interested in all relevant recorded information dated from 1st January 2019 to 1st June 2022.

I would prefer to receive information in a machine readable format, such as CSV files for data. I would prefer not to receive information in pdf format files.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,
Annie, Climate Emergency UK

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Dear Annie

 

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 30th May. We have
considered your request and enclose the following information

 

I would like information about your Council's Planning policy in relation
to climate action. In particular, please supply me with:

 

1a. What is the Councils’ policy on accepting planning applications on
fossil fuel extraction projects? By fossil fuel extraction projects, we
mean: any oil wells and fields (on or offshore), coal mines, fracking,
gas, natural (including liquified) gas (on or off shore) plants, as well
as related infrastructure such as pipelines and terminals for the fossil
fuels.

 

The Local planning Authority has a duty to accept and determine all valid
planning applications submitted to it for consideration. The application
would then be considered in accordance with national planning policy,
local plan policy and supplementary planning guidance.

 

b. Has the Council had any fossil fuel extraction project proposals
submitted to them since 1st January 2019 until 1st June 2022?

 

No.

 

c. Has the Council rejected or accepted any fossil fuel extraction
projects proposed in its area since 1^st January 2019 until today 1st June
2022? Please list which ones were accepted and rejected.  This may
include, but should not be limited to, meeting minutes and other materials
such as power point presentations considered by meeting participants,
reports, spreadsheets, and relevant messages sent via tools such as
WhatsApp, Slack, Yammer, or Signal.

 

No.

 

We supply this information based on your original request.  If this is not
what you wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request
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Please note that we have dealt with your enquiry under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004. Environmental information is exempt from
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by a Section 39
exemption. This exemption exists due to provision for access to this type
of information already being provided for by the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004. Therefore in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice to supply
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