Planning applications on fossil fuel extraction projects

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear Cumbria County Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations 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 2018 until 1st June 2022?

c. Has the Council rejected or accepted any fossil fuel extraction projects proposed in its area since 1st January 2018 until today 1st June 2022? Please list which ones were accepted and rejected.

I am interested in all relevant recorded information dated from 1st January 2018 to 1st June 2022. 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 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,
Hannah, Climate Emergency UK

Information Governance, Cumbria County Council

Dear Hannah, Climate Emergency UK 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Reference: FOI-21848-2022

Thank you for your request for information regarding Planning applications
on fossil fuel extraction projects, which was received on 20/07/2022.

The council aims to provide you with the information within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days in this case the date is 16/08/2022.
Subject to the information not being exempt or containing any references
to third parties.

The council will, as a matter of routine make information available in
electronic format. Where it is not practical to do this information will
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will include details of your right to appeal.

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Many thanks 

Information Governance Team
Corporate, Customer & Community | Cumbria County Council
Service Centre | Parkhouse Building | Kingmoor Business Park
| Carlisle | CA6 4SJ
 
t: 01228 221234 
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Information Governance, Cumbria County Council

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Dear Hannah, Climate Emergency UK 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004, Reference: FOI-21848-2022

Please see attached for a response to your request for information.

Many thanks 

Information Governance Team
Corporate, Customer & Community | Cumbria County Council
Service Centre | Parkhouse Building | Kingmoor Business Park
| Carlisle | CA6 4SJ
 
t: 01228 221234 
[1]https://cumbria.gov.uk
 

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