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Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 15 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In relation to the explanatory note to the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Mineral Permissions and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1556), how many applications made before 15 November 2000 under the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and the Environment Act 1995 were undetermined on 22 July 2008; and to what each one referred.[HL5435]

It is estimated that there were 49 applications made before 15 November 2000 under either the 1991 Act or the 1995 Act, which were undetermined on 22 July 2008. These comprise seven known appeals awaiting determination by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and an estimated 42 applications awaiting determination by relevant mineral planning authorities.

Details on the appeals are as follows:

Somerset County Council—Development relating to three appeals by Mr Spencer involving the extraction of peat from land at Short Drove and on land adjoining Daggs Lane Drove and land adjoining London Drove;

Peak District National Park—Development by High Peak Spar and E Hinchliffe Ltd involving the extraction of fluorspar and lead on land at Smalldale Head Quarry;

Staffordshire County Council—Development by Dr Nigel Roberts, Searchlight Ltd, NGR (Land Development) Ltd and the trustees of Malcolm Wootton, involving the extraction of clay and associated minerals on land at Campions Wood Quarry;

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council—Development by Bliss Sand and Gravel Company involving the extraction of sand and gravel on land at Branton Hill Sand and Gravel Pit; and

Hertfordshire County Council—Development by Mary Pope and Gilston Activities Ltd involving the extraction of sand and gravel on land at Pole Hole Quarry.

The position on the estimated 42 applications awaiting determination by mineral planning authorities reflects the position on 2 January 2007, the latest date for which information is available:

Cumbria County Council—Hartley Quarry;

Dorset County Council—Portland Stone Quarries (two applications); Binnegar Quarry (two applications); Furzeyground Open Pit; Aldemoor/Greenspecks Clay Mine; Warmwell Quarry (three applications); Masters South Sand Pit; Masters North Sand Pit; Hyde Sand Pit; Arne Open Pit;

North Somerset Council—Dunford Quarry; Hyattswood Quarry;

Oxfordshire County Council—Shenington Quarry; Radley-Thrupp Farm;

Peak District National Park—Birchover Quarry; Canyards Hill Quarry; Longstone Edge (eastern section including Backdale Quarry); Shining Bank Quarry; Shire Hill Quarry; Topley Pike Quarry; Stanton Moor Quarry;

Peterborough Council—Bradley Fen Quarry; Bainton; Stanground Quarry;

Rotherham Borough Council—Swallownest Brickworks;

Shropshire County Council—Cound Quarry;

Staffordshire County Council—Apedale South Quarry; Keele Quarry; Hinksford Lane Quarry (North); Weeford Quarry; Alrewas Quarry; Elford Quarry;

Surrey County Council—Shepperton Pit; Swallow Tiles Quarry; Nutbourne Brickworks; Stanwell Quarries 2 and 3; Mercers and Chilmead Farms; and

Yorkshire Dales National Park—Horton Quarry.

Further information on these applications is not available centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.