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Information about National Stone Centre SSSI site, Derbyshire

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Dear Natural England,

Please provide all information including internal emails regarding planning permissions to construct zip-wire, high-ropes climbing frame and/or any other outdoor related activities and constructions from Mount Cook Adventure Centre within the Colehills Quarry and Steeplehouse Quarry (National Stone Centre) SSSI's (unit IDs: 1010774/ OLD1003923). Please also advise as to whether any restrictions/ permissions given were adhered to by Mount Cook Adventure Centre.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Georgina Heldreich

FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Dr Heldreich,

Access to information request – Acknowledgement – Request No RFI 4312

Thank you for your request for the information detailed in your email below, which we received on 25th July 2018

We are dealing with your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Your request is being considered and we will send out our response within the legal deadline of 20 working days which is 23rd August 2018. If, for any reason, we are unable to meet the deadline we will keep you fully informed of the reasons for this.

Yours sincerely,
Olivia

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Dear FOI (NE),

I sent a request for information about the National Stone Centre SSSI which you received on 25th July.
I now understand the response to my request has been delayed and as such I'm kindly reminding and asking what the status is of my request and when I'd be likely to get a reply?

Yours sincerely,

Georgina

Dear Natural England,

I sent a request for information about the National Stone Centre SSSI which you received on 25th July.
I now understand the response to my request has been delayed, despite the authority requiring to respond promptly (and by the 23rd August by law).

As such I'm kindly reminding and asking what the status is of my request and when I'd be likely to get a reply?

Yours sincerely,

Georgina

FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Dr Heldreich,
 
May I apologise that I did not send you this update yesterday. 
Unfortunately it has been necessary to extend your request The Regulations
allow us 20 working days to respond to your request from the date of its
receipt. However, it is occasionally necessary to extend the 20 working
day time limit for issuing a response. In this case, I regret that we must
extend the time limit for responding by 20 days to 20h September 2018
although we have hoping to respond sooner. This is because of both the
complexity and voluminous nature of the request.
 
May I apologise for any inconvenience caused and any queries please
contact me.
 
Regards,
 
Sarah
 
Sarah Waterfield
Lead Adviser – Access to Information
Legal Services
Legal and Governance
 
GDPR: Protecting our Customers’ and our People’s Information
 
 

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Dear Sarah,

Thank you so much for your speedy reply to my query. I really appreciate it and I look forward to receiving a response soon.

Yours sincerely,
Georgina

Dear FOI (NE),

I would like a response to my FOI request that was sent to you back in July. A response is long overdue. It is now past the 20 day extension period for your response, I have still not received any information and by law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now.

I would also like to ask for an internal review to find out why the response to my request has been so slow.

Yours sincerely,

Georgina

FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Dr Heldreich,

Thank you for your email. May I apologise for not contacting you on Friday last week but I had to leave suddenly. I can only apologise for this. The reason I was contacting you was to ask if you could call me or email your telephone number to [Natural England request email] to discuss what I have located in relationship to your request and to discuss whether you wish for me to extend the scope of what you are requesting.

My telephone numbers are detailed below.

Regards,

Sarah

Sarah Waterfield
Lead Adviser – Access to Information
Legal Services
Legal and Governance
Tel: 02082 256671 [mobile number]

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Dear FOI (NE),

Hello Sarah,

I've not had any emails through to either of my email addresses with the information you said you'd be able to send me? Just wondering if there were any problems and if so, what can I do to help?
It would be great to get this information as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Georgina

FOI (NE), Natural England

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From: Waterfield, Sarah (NE)
Sent: 29 October 2018 12:06
To:
Subject: FW: Request No RFI 4312 - Documents as discussed

 

Hello Georgina,

 

Sorry about all this.  Hopefully you will receive this now I have learnt
to type correctly.

 

Please find below the text from our National SSSI specialist relating to
the searches she did.  I have also attached the OLD for this site.

 

I've done a scan of TRIM and casework tracker and can only find records of
S28E consents to the land owner at Colehill Quarries SSSI (National Stone
centre) for activities such as vegetation management and the installation
of small infrastructure (benches and walls).  I can find no reference to
the Mount Cook Adventure Centre on TRIM or casework tracker. 

 

I've also checked the Derbyshire Dales District Council Planning website
and found a couple of completed planning applications for the Mount Cook
Adventure centre. 

 

The first, granted with conditions, was for the Erection of ancillary
building and assembly area.  NE did make representations (no objection) to
this which I've attached (180126-NE consultation response).  The SSSI is a
geological one so it is perfectly plausible that construction or other
activity could be undertaken within the site boundary without damage to
the geological feature of interest particularly if the
construction/activity is remote from the geological feature. In this case
the planning application boundary appears to be outside, but adjacent to,
the SSSI so it seems even less likely that this activity could affect the
feature of interest.

 

The second relates to the variation of a condition to a planning
permission given in 2016 for the siting of camping pods.  The variation
was to regularise the siting (so I guess that applicant put the pods in a
different place specified by their original permission and this
application was to deal with any potential issues). NE was again
consulted.  However, since the location of the activity was still outside
the SSSI we had no further comment to make (see attached 180813-NE
response).

 

I have also put below 3 links, one to the planning portal for DDDC, and
two for information regarding both our and public bodies duties for
SSSIs. 

 

[1]http://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/planni...

 

[2]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/protected-ar...

 

[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sites-of-spe...

 

 

I hope these are useful.  Should you have any further queries please do
not hesitate in calling/emailing me.

 

Regards,

 

Sarah

 

Sarah Waterfield

Lead Adviser – Access to Information

Legal Services

Legal and Governance

Tel: 02082 256671 [mobile number]

 

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