Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,

Will you please provide a copy of all the health impact assessments (HIA)that were done in relation to Florida Farm North before and if any subsequent have been done after the plans were passed to build this warehouse.

If a HIA was carried out then HIAs they are commonly categorised as ‘full’, ‘rapid’ or ‘desktop’ which category was completed? If anyone of these HIA were completed a copy of said completed assessment please.
Where in planning is there a copy of the HIA that was completed that is if one was carried out.

If a full impact assessment was not completed then why not? It is usual that in a large build that a full impact assessment is completed. Who, or what department, if a full impact assessment was not completed took the decision not to complete a Full impact assessment and their reasons?

Was a Healthy Urban checklist completed if it was then please provide a copy. If it wasn't then why not? If one was not completed then who took the decision not to do one?

How many meetings prior to the planning committee did the public health section or health professionals of St.Helens meet with the planners? Please supply The minutes or notes of said meetings. If no meetings took place then why not as it is stated they should in 'Health and Environmental Impact Assessment: A Briefing for Public Health Teams in England' If no

Please provide all correspondence between pubic health and planners/health care professionals in relation to the Florida Farm build.

What strategies are in place to help mitigate and prevent the harm to residents from a biological, sociological and psychological perspective whilst the build is taking place and after completion.(other than an acoustic bund behind Liverpool road). If no strategies have been formulated then why not?

Have residents been approached to the harm they perceive or are suffering since the start of the build . If not why not?

Can residents suffering increased noise and vibration caused by the build apply for grants to help mitigate the noise . If not why not?

Was the policies formulated by DEFRA regarding road noise taken into consideration? If not why not? The part within the planning application and or decision that directly relates to DEFRA and directing noise away from residential areas.

Yours faithfully,
Janet Barton

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Janet Barton

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20180317-00022-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

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St. Helens Council
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------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
17/03/2018 09:55:53 GMT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - Health assessments completed in
relation to Florida Farm North

Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Will you please provide a
copy of all the health impact assessments (HIA)that were done in relation
to Florida Farm North before and if any subsequent have been done after
the plans were passed to build this warehouse. If a HIA was carried out
then HIAs they are commonly categorised as b .fullb ., b .rapidb . or b
.desktopb . which category was completed? If anyone of these HIA were
completed a copy of said completed assessment please. Where in planning is
there a copy of the HIA that was completed that is if one was carried out.
If a full impact assessment was not completed then why not? It is usual
that in a large build that a full impact assessment is completed. Who, or
what department, if a full impact assessment was not completed took the
decision not to complete a Full impact assessment and their reasons? Was a
Healthy Urban checklist completed if it was then please provide a copy. If
it wasn't then why not? If one was not completed then who took the
decision not to do one? How many meetings prior to the planning committee
did the public health section or health professionals of St.Helens meet
with the planners? Please supply The minutes or notes of said meetings. If
no meetings took place then why not as it is stated they should in 'Health
and Environmental Impact Assessment: A Briefing for Public Health Teams in
England' If no Please provide all correspondence between pubic health and
planners/health care professionals in relation to the Florida Farm build.
What strategies are in place to help mitigate and prevent the harm to
residents from a biological, sociological and psychological perspective
whilst the build is taking place and after completion.(other than an
acoustic bund behind Liverpool road). If no strategies have been
formulated then why not? Have residents been approached to the harm they
perceive or are suffering since the start of the build . If not why not?
Can residents suffering increased noise and vibration caused by the build
apply for grants to help mitigate the noise . If not why not? Was the
policies formulated by DEFRA regarding road noise taken into
consideration? If not why not? The part within the planning application
and or decision that directly relates to DEFRA and directing noise away
from residential areas. Yours faithfully, Janet Barton
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Your request has been considered and it has been determined that it comes
under the Environmental Information Regulations, for which there is a
charge. Responding to your request will take one hour.

 

Details of the charges are available on the Council's website via the link
below.

 

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/media/6098/e...

 

The Council will respond to your request once payment has been received.

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Dear St.Helens Council,
thank you for your reply.

I believe this does not fall under EIR regulations as I am requesting public health records and reviews and not EIR reports.

I would ask you to review your decision and look forward to your reply

Yours sincerely,

janet Barton

St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Barton,

 

Further to your correspondence, I can comment as follows.

 

Regulation 2(1)(f) of the Environmental Impact Regulations (EIR) relates
to human health and safety, conditions of human life, cultural sites and
built structure. The definition is more specific and state that it is
environmental information to the extent that the above are or may be
affected as follows:

 

- By the state of the elements of the environment.

- By any of the factors, measures or activities referred to in regulation
2(1)(b) and (c).

 

In particular here, human health and safety refers to a collective state
of human health and safety. It will include such matters as diseases,
medical conditions and risks to human safety. Conditions of human life
covers information on housing, poverty, employment, social welfare,
heating, access to clean water, sanitation, and healthcare. Built
structures includes buildings and built structures, as well as built
infrastructure, such as roads, railway lines.

 

Given the above, it is clear that your request falls within this
definition.

 

I include a link to guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Officer
for your information:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

 

I hope this clarifies the position.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Melanie Hale

Service Manager - Development

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It is unusual for a council try to charge for information in circumstances like this.

The charge may be permitted if they consider the charges to be reasonable:

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Someone might want to look into when the charges were approved by councillors, by searching meeting minutes, and if required making a Freedom of Information request.

People might want to ask local councillors in St Helens about their policy.

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