High carbon infrastructure and fossil fuel extraction planning

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear North Northamptonshire Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.

I would like information about your council’s planning in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information is most likely to be held by a planning officer or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following questions:
a. Has the Council approved any new *1 or expanded *2 roads or road junctions in its area from 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted.

*1 The intention of this question is to understand overall increases in road capacity, rather than recent housing developments. Please exclude minor roads built exclusively to connect new housing to the pre-existing road network.

*2 An expanded road or road junction is one that has increased capacity for motor vehicle traffic, not counting bus lanes, cycle infrastructure, or pedestrian infrastructure. Please include roads and junctions where new lanes have been added.

b. Has the council approved any new or expanded airport runways, terminals, measures to increase passenger numbers or other planning proposals that expand airport capacity in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted.

c. Has the Council approved any planning applications for fossil fuel extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted, including where relevant fossil fuel projects that were later ‘called in’ by central government.
By fossil fuel extraction projects we mean: any oil wells and fields (on or offshore), coal mines, fracking and shale gas, gas, natural (including liquified) gas (on or off shore) plants, and unabated fossil fuel generation and power plants well as related infrastructure such as pipelines and terminals for the fossil fuels.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

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Dear Ms Jewell

 

Thank you for your below request for information, reference F0744,
received by the authority on 17 January 2023. I can confirm that North
Northamptonshire Council holds the information requested.

 

Please see below the service response:

North Northamptonshire Council as the minerals and waste planning
authority has not approved any oil wells and fields (on or offshore), coal
mines, fracking and shale gas, gas, natural (including liquified) gas (on
or off shore) plants during this period.

 

There has been no ‘unabated’ fossil fuel generation and power plants as
well as related infrastructure such as pipelines and terminals for the
fossil fuels planning applications approved over the same period by NNC as
the local planning authority (the local planning authorities of Corby
Borough Council, Kettering Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council
and Borough Council of Wellingborough prior to 1 April 2021).

New roads or junctions we have approved in Highways which would meet these
requirements are:

 

• The revised preferred route for the A509 Isham Bypass which was agreed
by Executive on 16 June 2022 (a public paper)
• Capacity improvements to the A43/Steel Road roundabout at Corby

 

There have been no approvals relating to airports.

 

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Lucy DaSantos | Information Officer

North Northamptonshire Council

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Dear North Northamptonshire Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information
Regulations request.

I would like information about your council’s planning in relation to
climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information
is most likely to be held by a planning officer or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions:

a. Has the Council approved any new *1 or expanded *2 roads or road
junctions in its area from 1st January 2019 until 1st January 2023? Please
list which ones were accepted.

*1 The intention of this question is to understand overall increases in
road capacity, rather than recent housing developments. Please exclude
minor roads built exclusively to connect new housing to the pre-existing
road network.

*2 An expanded road or road junction is one that has increased capacity
for motor vehicle traffic, not counting bus lanes, cycle infrastructure,
or pedestrian infrastructure. Please include roads and junctions where new
lanes have been added.

b. Has the council approved any new or expanded airport runways,
terminals, measures to increase passenger numbers or other planning
proposals that expand airport capacity in its area since 1st January 2019
until 1st January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted.

c. Has the Council approved any planning applications for fossil fuel
extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2019 until 1st
January 2023? Please list which ones were accepted, including where
relevant fossil fuel projects that were later ‘called in’ by central
government.

By fossil fuel extraction projects we mean: any oil wells and fields (on
or offshore), coal mines, fracking and shale gas, gas, natural (including
liquified) gas (on or off shore) plants, and unabated fossil fuel
generation and power plants well as related infrastructure such as
pipelines and terminals for the fossil fuels.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

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