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Planning documents for Portoncross/Hunterston power and industrial sites: FOI release

Published: 19 Mar 2019
Directorate:
Digital Directorate
Part of:
Energy, Public sector

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
19 Mar 2019
Planning documents for Portoncross/Hunterston power and industrial sites: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00506
Date received: 15 Feb 2019
Date responded: 1 Mar 2019
Information requested

 

1. [All] the planning documents, including photos, drawn sketches and building plans that was submitted to the SOSFS for approval of the Oil Refinery/Ore Terminal/Steelworks at Portencross/Hunterston. I would have written to the successor of Ayr Country Council, that being North Ayrshire council planning department but they informed me that unless I have the planning reference number they cannot help. So hopefully if you can provide the information and it has a reference on it I can then contact the council for anything different they may have. I have attached the article that was placed in the Edinburgh Gazette at the time which will give more information.

 

2. [All] the planning documents, including photos, drawn sketches and building plans that was submitted to the SOSFS for approval of the Power Station at Hunterston. I would have written to the successor of Ayr Country Council, that being North Ayrshire council planning department but they informed me that unless I have the planning reference number they cannot help. So hopefully if you can provide the information and it has a reference on it I can then contact the council for anything different they may have. I have attached the article that was placed in the Edinburgh Gazette at the time which will give more information.

 

3. [All] the planning documents, including photos, drawn sketches and building plans that was submitted to the SOSFS for approval of the Ore Terminal at Hunterston. I would have written to the successor of Ayr Country Council, that being North Ayrshire council planning department but they informed me that unless I have the planning reference number they cannot help. So hopefully if you can provide the information and it has a reference on it I can then contact the council for anything different they may have. I have attached the article that was placed in the Edinburgh Gazette at the time which will give more information.

 

Response

 

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have, in terms of section 17 of FOISA (Notice that information is not held), any of  the information you have requested. 

However, information related to all of these questions may be available from records held by National Records of Scotland under section 25 of FOISA (Information available elsewhere).  I have provided information (as per the Annexes attached) about how you can access this.

 

REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION

 

The Scottish Government does not have the information

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because it is sent to National Records of Scotland in accordance with our standard records management practice, before the date of your request.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. 

 

Information otherwise accessible

FOISA exemption means that the applicant can access the information themselves – FOISA s. 25(1) ‘Information otherwise accessible via National Records of Scotland.

 

Further information is available from the following organisation:

National Records of Scotland at General Register House, 2 Princes Street. Edinburgh EH1 3YY. Please contact them in advance so that they can order the files you are interested in, in advance.  https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research

 

National Records of Scotland :

Steps 1 – 3 below must be followed before visiting the NRS in order to view documents:

1.  National Records of Scotland - catalogue: http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/browse.aspx

2.  How to obtain a readers card: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/visit-us/historical-search-room/readers-ticket

3.  Before your visit: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/visit-us/historical-search-room

 

Search undertaken by NRS staff for planning reference numbers for the requests.

You may be able to use these numbers to request information from North Ayrshire Council Planning Department.

  • Planning number is: TRS/50/16/3
  • And TRS/23/9/3 is also mentioned (possibly an early submission?).

 

Please note that there may be other documents at National Records of Scotland which might contain the relevant planning reference numbers you request.  Those searches for files listed below have been included as examples of what may be sourced via a catalogue search for your search terms/keywords.

 

1. The numbers for the searches below are file reference numbers and not the planning reference numbers.

2. Searches for:

 

1.  Hunterston Power station: http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/overview.aspx?st=1&tc=y&tl=n&tn=n&tp=n&k=Hunterston+Power+station&ko=a&r=&ro=s&df=&dt=&di=y

2.  Oil refinery steelworks, Hunterston: http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/overview.aspx?st=1&tc=y&tl=n&tn=n&tp=n&k=Oil+refinery+steelworks+Hunterston&ko=a&r=&ro=s&df=&dt=&di=y

3.  Hunterston Ore/ Coal terminal: http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/overview.aspx?st=1&tc=y&tl=n&tn=n&tp=n&k=Hunterston+Ore+Coal+terminal&ko=a&r=&ro=s&df=&dt=&di=y

4.   “Oil Refinery” and “Hunterston” produced the following results: http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/overview.aspx?st=2&tc=y&tl=n&tn=n&tp=n&k=Oil+Refinery+Hunterston&ko=a&r=&ro=s&df=&dt=&di=y&dc=&dco=s&t=&to=o&

 

Referenced on attachment: FOI-19-00506-Reference-Numbers

Please note again that the reference numbers given above are for the files at the NRS and they are not the planning reference number which will be in the relevant files. 

 

Wikipedia references for background information. 

Hunterston A  

Hunterston B

Hunterston Terminal the deep-water ore terminal and associated railhead built by British Steel for info.

 

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