FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

09 April 2021


I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations about how the local authority has been impacted by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales updated legal advice on nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in or near Natura 2000 sites in England and Wales since 2019.
 
In June 2019, Natural England updated its legal position on approving planning applications where excess nutrient pollution from a prospective residential development might negatively impact a nearby Natura 2000 site.  It has issued this fresh planning advice to councils in south Hampshire, Kent, Herefordshire and Somerset, which includes a provision on housebuilders to demonstrate nitrate or phosphate neutrality as part of the appropriate assessment under the The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

In January, Natural Resources Wales followed suit in relation to excess phosphate levels in river SACs.
 
Would you please provide a list of all the Natura 2000 sites that sit within, or partially within, the local authority"s boundary?
 
As a result of Natural England’s updated planning advice on excess nutrients, would you please tell me how many planning applications are currently stuck or frozen in your planning system?
 
Would you please tell me how many homes this equates to?
 
I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set in Excel and not as a PDF, to include the following information:
Relevant SPA/SAC/Ramsar site(s) name
Number of applications frozen in the planning system
How many homes this equate to



East Herts Council Response

13 April 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

The request refers to Herefordshire rather than Hertfordshire So we do not hold information

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

 



Customer

13 April 2021

Good afternoon,

The reference to Herefordshire is only by means of an example. I"d like to know the situation in Hertfordshire please.

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From: [email protected]
Sent: 13 April 2021 10:58
To: ***** ***** <*****.*****@*****>
Subject: [F21/244] Planning applications affected by Natural Englands new advice


Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

The request refers to Herefordshire rather than Hertfordshire So we do not hold information

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.



Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/



It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.



Thank you for your request.







Information Management Team
East Herts Council
www.eastherts.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1279 655261
Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

*Please note: Information released under the Freedom of Information Act may also be published on our website, along with details of the initial request.