High carbon infrastructure planning

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Essex County Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Climate Emergency UK

Dear Essex County 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 the accepted planning proposals.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Yours faithfully,
Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

Climate Emergency UK

Dear Essex County Council,

Thank you for taking the time to look at the FOI/EIR request I have submitted.

This is a polite reminder that the legal deadline by which you needed to respond to the FOI/EIR request was 13th February 2023, which has now passed.

I would be very grateful if you could ensure that you respond to this request as soon as you can.

All the best,
Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK