At the request of constituents I recently contacted Jonathan Haine, Lancashire County Council’s Team Leader Development Management in the Planning and Environment Service following confusion over the submission of the quarry scoping document and it’s progression through the planning system.
Mr Haine has kindly replied and this is his response:
REQUEST FOR EIA SCOPING OPINION IN RELATION TO PROPOSED PREESALL QUARRY
Thank you for your email of 15th July 2022 regarding the application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Opinion.
The purpose of the scoping opinion application is to obtain advice from the County Council on the broad topic areas that an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed project should cover. The scoping opinion will also provide detailed advice on how the environmental assessment process should be undertaken for each topic area.
The County Council has five weeks to issue a scoping opinion which can be extended with the agreement of the applicant. The applicant has agreed to an extension until 12th August 2022. As the scoping opinion is only to provide planning advice and is not to make a decision on the acceptability of the project, the scoping response is provided by officers and is not a matter that is referred to the County Council’s Development Control Committee for decision.
The County Council’s scoping opinion is not binding on the applicant. Following the scoping opinion being issued, the applicant will have to consider the issues raised and may wish to commission further surveys before the EIA can be finalised to a form where it can be submitted with a planning application.
Issues regarding noise and dust including any local health impacts with be included within the County Council’s scoping opinion.
Team Leader Development Management