Environmental Impact Assessments (FOI)
Environmental Impact Assessments (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 15 May 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
The number of requests made to the Planning Department to waive the requirement to submit an environmental impact assessment as set out in the Planning and Building (Environmental Impact) (Jersey) Order 2006 in the last 10 years.
The number of those requests that have been approved and the reason why they were approved.
The level the decisions were made at. ie Planning Officer, Director, Chief Officer, Minister.
A description of the types of development the approved requests were for.
Our systems are not configured in a way that will allow us to extract the details you have requested. A manual search of our records would be required in order to obtain this information. We estimate that it will take us in excess of 12.5 working hours to locate and retrieve the data in reference to your request. This part of your request, therefore, will not be processed further.
A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations.
We have been able to determine, though a manual search of Ministerial Decisions on the Government of Jersey Website, that the Minister for Environment has waived the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the cases listed below. As this was a manual search spanning 10 years we cannot guarantee that this represents all of the cases where with the requirement for an EIA was waived.
We have provided a link to the Ministerial Decision page of the Government of Jersey website should you wish to carry out your own search.
Whilst these decisions are exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 as they are already available for you to view on www.gov.je we have provided links to those that we have been able to locate.
All decisions to waive the requirement for an EIA are made at Minister level.
Please refer to the links provided in response B above, for types of developments where EIA’s have been waived.
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