Defence Infrastructure Organisation
24 May 2021
Ref: FOI 2021/04515
Thank you for your email of 27 April 2021 requesting the following information: “We are providing consultancy services to the current landowner in respect of the development of
one of the plots on the North Magazine of the Enterprise Park. We would like to request any
information regarding the following:
Landuse activities and drawings showing the locations / building use.
Presence and clearance of UXO”
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA).
I am writing to confirm that the MOD may hold the information on the subject you have requested.
However, I have to advise you that we will not be able to answer your request without exceeding
the appropriate limit. This is because to extract the information in scope of your request would
involve at least some 24 working days of effort.
Section 12 FOIA makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where
the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government is
set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working days in
determining whether the department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting
It is important to note that if any part of a request would exceed the cost limit, the Information
Commissioner’s Office guidance states that public authorities should avoid providing the
information found as a result of its searching and claiming Section 12 for the remainder of the
The MOD may be able to provide some information in scope of your request if you reduce or
refine your request to bring the cost of compliance under the limit. If you reduce the time period to
the last 8 years for information on the presence and clearance of UXO we may be able to provide
information. Please contact me if you would like to refine your request or require advice on doing
Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) you may find it helpful to know that the MOD
sold the land at Rotherwas to Herefordshire Council in 1973 therefore we no longer hold
information on landuse activities, drawings or land contamination.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the first
If you wish to complain about the handling of your request, or the content of this response, you
can request an independent internal review by contacting the Information Rights Compliance
team, Ground Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-
firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that any request for an internal review should be made within 40
working days of the date of this response.
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may raise your complaint directly to the
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Please note that the Information Commissioner will not normally investigate your case until the
MOD internal review process has been completed. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can
be found on the Commissioner's website at https://ico.org.uk/.