This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Cressingham Gardens 3'.



  
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gerlinde Gniewosz   
(By email) 
 
Our Ref: MGLA200420-9439 
 
15 May 2020 
 
 
 
Dear Ms Gniewosz   
 
Thank you for your request for information which the Greater London Authority (GLA) received 
on 17 April 2020.  Your request has been dealt with under the Environmental Information 
regulations (EIR) 2004. 
 
You asked for: 
 
Provide a copy of all reports, communications that the GLA holds on Cressingham 
Gardens Estate regeneration in the borough of Lambeth. This may also be referred to 
Trinity Rise site or Longford Walk 

 
Our response to your request is as follows: 
 
In February 2017, we previously advised you that your request for all correspondence with 
Lambeth council in connection with decent homes backlog funding would be manifestly 
unreasonable and we consider that this request is even wider in scope and falls under the 
exception under regulation 12(4)(b) as ‘manifestly unreasonable’. Under the EIR public 
authorities may refuse requests that are manifestly (i.e. obviously or clearly) unreasonable when 
the cost of compliance is too great.  
 
The GLA considers that it would be manifestly unreasonable (within the meaning of regulation 
12(4)(b) of the EIR) to have to review the entire content of all communications in a granular 
way in order to apply the EIR, which would include a process of identifying what information 
could and equally could not be disclosed.  
  
A public authority can only withhold information if the public interest in maintaining the 
exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. We are mindful of the 
general public interest in transparency and accountability, and of the presumption in favour of 
disclosure and to read exceptions restrictively. 
 
We consider that a proportion of the information would be likely engage one or more of the 
disclosure exception provisions of the EIR.  We would therefore have to spend a considerable 
amount of time reviewing each piece of information individually to considering whether it would 
be exempt from disclosure.    
  
 

We also note that a large volume of information caught by this request will be administrative in 
nature and which we do not consider would inform any public debate in a meaningful way. The 
time and resources required to review this information wold be unreasonable given the potential 
for it to remain exempt information and (where it is suitable for release under the EIR) the 
limited benefit to the public debate on this matter given the information already publicly 
available on this matter.   
  
On balance therefore, it is our view that the public interest in maintaining the exception in 
regulation 12(4)(b) outweighs the public interest in disclosure. I understand this response may 
cause frustration, but it aims to ensure - as recognised in the guidance - that our responsibilities 
under the act do not distract from our other statutory functions as a public authority. 
 
The Information Commissioners Office have providing guidance1 to members of the public on 
submitting ‘catch-all’ requests for information to help highlight the potential problems in 
submitting broad requests that could either be open-ended or involve large quantities of 
information:  
 
Information request dos and don’ts: Send ‘catch-all’ requests for information (such as 
‘please provide me with everything you hold about ‘x’) when you aren’t sure what 
specific documents to ask for.    

  
It is also highly likely that there will also be some repetition within previous requests you have 
submitted, for example: 
 
•  https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/sharing-our-
information/freedom-information/foi-disclosure-log/foi-cressingham-gardens-
regeneration-funding-agreement-april-2018 

•  https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/sharing-our-
information/freedom-information/foi-disclosure-log/eir-lambeth-affordable-homes 
 
I appreciate it is often difficult to understand how an organisation such as the GLA holds and 
stores its information and it is our job to help provide advice and assistance to help you 
understand what we hold and what we could retrieve in response to your request: 
 
You may wish to provide some further context to your request on what information you are 
seeking so that we can target our searches accordingly (and avoid any repetition covering your 
previous requests). You may wish to ask about the current funding allocations and conditions 
for the Cressingham Estate and the current status of any ballot exemption, for example. It would 
also be helpful if you could provide a reasonable time frame and name the parties with who you 
are in interested in receiving communications with. 
 
If you have any further questions relating to this matter, please contact me, quoting the 
reference at the top of this letter.  
 
Yours sincerely  
 
 
 
Paul Robinson 
Information Governance Officer  
 
                                                 
1 https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/official-information/ 
 
 
 

If you are unhappy with the way the GLA has handled your request, you may complain using the 
GLA’s FOI complaints and internal review procedure, available at: 
 
https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/sharing-our-
information/freedom-information