The Community Council received the following advice from the Scottish Government’s Department for Planning & Environmental Appeals today in relation to the Dart Energy planning applications:
“Our refs: PPA-240-2032 & PPA-390-2029
6 February 2015
PLANNING PERMISSION APPEALS: LAND LOCATED 230M SOUTH OF POWDRAKE FARMHOUSE, POWDRAKE ROAD, NEAR AIRTH, PLEAN AND LETHAM MOSS, FALKIRK
I refer to the announcement made in the Scottish Parliament on 28 January 2015 by Mr Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, that there is to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland while further research and a public consultation is carried out. The moratorium is to continue until work including a full public health assessment, and a review of current planning guidance and environmental guidance, is complete.
Having regard to the announcement and to the fact that it is likely that further procedure will be required in these appeals in order to consider the outcome of the assessment and review and any other relevant matters that may arise before the moratorium comes to an end, the reporters will suspend work on their report to Ministers and the appeals will be sisted to await the outcome of that process.”
The Community Council received the following update from the Case Officer at the Directorate For Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) today in relation to the Dart Energy planning appeals (PPA-240-2032 & PPA-390-2029):
“I am writing to confirm that Scottish Ministers have decided that the appeals should be recalled for their own determination given there is a high level of public interest in these proposals. There was considerable interest in this issue during the drafting of the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), recently finalised. In light of this interest and relevance to the implementation of the SPP, Ministers consider there to be a national interest that would be best served by further scrutiny of these proposals.
The reporters will now therefore submit a report, with recommendations to Scottish Ministers, who will make the final decision on these appeals.”
We will continue to post any updates here.
For further information on the appeal, go to: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/ and search under case reference PPA-240-2032
To view the Scottish Government’s news release on the decision, see: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Planning-appeals-recalled-113e.aspx
We have received confirmation that the documents in relation to the Dart Energy Public Inquiry are now available to view in Larbert Library in Stenhousemuir.
Please note, it is a hard copy of Falkirk Council’s document list that is available in the Library, along with electronic versions (discs) of the other parties submissions. There are facilities to read the discs within the Library.
There are also contact details in the Library for the planning officer at Falkirk Council should any residents have any questions.
Hard copies of all the documents are available to view in Falkirk Council’s Abbotsford House in Bainsford. The planning officer is also based there.
In addition, the documents are available to view on the DPEA website: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/ The case reference is: PPA-240-2032
The inquiry and hearing sessions start on 18 March 2014 and will last for approximately 3 weeks