Applications for solar panels in schools - in detail

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Dear Department for Education,

Following up from a previous FOI request about granted permission for the installation of solar panels in state schools in England, I would like to request the following information:

1) Can you please tell me which schools in England have applied for permission to install solar panels in
a) 2016
b) 2017
c) 2018
d) 2019 so far?

2) Can you also please tell me which of these applications were rejected/still await a decision and on what grounds?

a) 2016
b) 2017
c) 2018
d) 2019 so far?

3) Can you please send me all relevant correspondence between the DfE and the schools who ended up withdrawing their application, with a short summary of why each school withdrew their application?

I look forward to receiving your timely acknowledgement of this request and subsequent reply.

Kind regards,
Laila Devro

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Devro,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 30
September 2019.

You requested:

Following up from a previous FOI request about granted permission for the
installation of solar panels in state schools in England, I would like to
request the following information:

1) Can you please tell me which schools in England have applied for
permission to install solar panels in

a) 2016

b) 2017

c) 2018

d) 2019 so far?

 

2) Can you also please tell me which of these applications were
rejected/still await a decision and on what grounds?

a) 2016

b) 2017

c) 2018

d) 2019 so far?

 

3) Can you please send me all relevant correspondence between the DfE and
the schools who ended up withdrawing their application, with a short
summary of why each school withdrew their application?

 

I have dealt with your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 and the information is being provided under the 2004
Regulations.

We have checked our records up to and including 16 October 2019 and have
identified the information set out in the attached table. This deals with
your questions numbered 1, 2 and (in part) 3.

I have interpreted your question numbered three as a request for all
relevant correspondence from either the Department or applicant when they
withdrew the application. Details of that correspondence is referred to in
the table of information and copies of the relevant emails are attached. 

 

The copies include a small number of redactions to which we are applying
regulations 12(3) and 13 of the 2004 Regulations. Personal data is that
which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data,
or from that data and other information which is likely to be in, or to
come into, the possession of the requestor.  Disclosure of this
information would contravene a number of the data protection principles in
the General Data Protection Regulations/Data Protection Act 2018, and
would be regarded as ‘unfair’.  By that, we mean the likely expectations
of the data subject that his or her information would not be disclosed to
others and the effect which disclosure would have on the data subject. 
Regulations 12(3) and 13 are an absolute exception and are not subject to
the public interest test.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis.

 The Department has issued the publication entitled “Disposal or change of
use of playing field and school land Departmental advice for local
authorities, maintained schools, special schools, academies and free
schools May 2015” regarding the disposal of school land and playing
fields.

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Yours sincerely

 

Lateef Agboola

Business Support and Improvement Team | Capital Directorate | Operations
Group | 5th Floor | Sanctuary Building | Great Smith Street | London |
SW1P 3BT

 

 

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