Could you please provide me with a copy of feasibility studies into the repurposing of Norfolk's dismantled railways for active travel purposes, with particular emphasis on the route between King's Lynn and Fakenham?
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Dear Graeme Bickerdike
Environmental Information Regulations Request ENQ-611483-H7V2Y4
I refer to your request for information dated 27 January 2023.
You asked for:
Could you please provide me with a copy of feasibility studies into the
repurposing of Norfolk's dismantled railways for active travel purposes,
with particular emphasis on the route between King's Lynn and Fakenham?
Your request has now been considered and is refused. In accordance with
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (the Regulations) this
letter acts as a Refusal Notice.
Regulation 12(4)(d) which provides an exception to the duty to make
environmental information available when the request relates to material
which is still in the course of completion, unfinished documents or
The feasibility is in the course of completion. High level details will be
incorporated in the consultation in March 2023 and the final information
contained in a future report due to be issued in late spring/early summer
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The Council has considered whether the public interest is maintaining this
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