Communication between Historic England and Bristol City Council over Cumberland Basin road network

The request was successful.

Dear Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England,

Historic England is aware of the considerable sensitivity and significance of the historic entrance to the City of Bristol that includes the confluence of Floating Harbour and New Cut, the Avon Gorge, and Brunels' Suspension Bridge. Bristol City Council is proposing to change the road network in that area.

Please can you provide me with copies of all correspondence, emails, advice, reports and minutes of meetings between representatives of Bristol City Council and Historic England relating to proposals to change the Cumberland Basin road layout and/or create a 'Western Harbour' mixed used development in the Cumberland Basin area.

I am particularly interested in the period from May 2016.

Yours faithfully,

S Thomas

FOI, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

Our Reference:19/00930

 

Dear Mr Thomas,

 

Re: Information Request – Cumberland Basin road network, Bristol

Thank you for your email on 11 September in which you requested the
following information:

'Please can you provide me with copies of all correspondence, emails,
advice, reports and minutes of meetings between representatives of Bristol
City Council and Historic England relating to proposals to change the
Cumberland Basin road layout and/or create a 'Western Harbour' mixed used
development in the Cumberland Basin area. 

I am particularly interested in the period from May 2016'. 

Your request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act
(2000)/ the Environmental Information Regulations (2004).  We will be
writing to you within the statutory 20 working day timeframe with a
response to your request.  You will be informed if this is not possible.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Information Rights Team

 

Historic England

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Gibbons, Frances, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

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REF: 19/00980

 

Dear S Thomas,

 

Thank you for your information request dated 11 September in which you
have asked for copies of all correspondence, emails, advice, reports and
minutes of meetings between Bristol City Council and Historic England
relating to proposals to change the Cumberland Basin road layout and or
create a ‘Western Harbour’ mixed used development in the Cumberland Basin
area. You have noted that you are interested in information from May 2016.

Your request is being considered under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (‘the EIR’) and regulation 7(1) of the EIR allows
organisations to extend the deadline for replying to complex/voluminous
requests by an additional 20 working days.  I am currently in the process
of considering the information held by Historic England which is
potentially relevant to your request and owing to the complexity of the
information and the need to consult externally I estimate that I need to
extend the deadline to 6 November 2019.

I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause you.  I will, of
course, respond sooner if I am able to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Frances Gibbons

 

Mrs Frances Gibbons
Senior Information Rights Officer- Tues, Wed, Thurs

Information and Records Management

Historic England | Room 2/07 | The Engine House | Fire Fly Avenue |
Swindon | Wiltshire | SN2 2EH

01793 414445

 

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REF: 19/00930

 

Dear S Thomas,

 

Thank you for your email in which you have requested the following
information: copies of all correspondence, emails, advice, reports and
minutes of meetings between representatives of Bristol City Council and
Historic England relating to proposals to change the Cumberland Basin road
layout and/ or create a ‘Western Harbour’ mixed used development in the
Cumberland Basin area.

 

Your request has been processed under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIR).

 

Having discussed your request at length with colleagues I can confirm that
Historic England does hold information that falls within its scope. Please
find attached copies of the relevant documents for your information.

 

You should be aware that I have withheld some information. In making this
decision I have relied upon Regulation 12(5)(d).

 

The exception in Regulation 12(5)(d) of the EIR is concerned with
protecting the confidentiality of proceedings by a public authority, where
such confidentiality is provided by law.

 

On reviewing the information in question, I have concluded that it forms a
‘proceeding’ as it consists of the formal ongoing discussions and
negotiations associated with the above project, and fulfils the degree of
formality for a ‘proceeding’ as set out in the EIRs. I am also of the view
that it is reasonable to consider the information to be confidential.

 

As the application of the exception in Regulation 12(5)(d) of the EIR is
subject to a public interest test it is not sufficient for me to say, for
the reasons above, that I consider the exception to be engaged. I also
have to consider whether, in all circumstances of the case, the public
interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in
disclosing the information.

 

In favour of disclosure I have considered the public interest in the
transparency of the work of Historic England and Bristol City Council, and
their accountability and openness as public authorities when involved in
projects of this scale. I also acknowledge the presumption in favour of
disclosure that is contained within the EIR.

 

In favour of maintaining the exception I have considered the importance of
ensuring that public authorities have an opportunity to have the
conversations that they need to have in order to ensure the smooth running
of projects that they are involved in. As with most projects, works are
broken down into different phases. With some phases still being developed,
discussions are still ongoing and subject to change. It is essential that
both Historic England staff and third parties are able to negotiate a
reasonable way forward for the proposals without the concern that the
information may become public prematurely. Not only would this invite
outside influences, hindering Historic England’s ‘free think space’, it
would also lead to a breach of the obligation of confidence and trust
between Bristol City Council and Historic England.

 

Having considered the above arguments I have concluded that the public
interest is currently best served by maintaining the exception.

 

I hope the information I have been able to provide is useful to you.
Details of our review procedure are attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Frances Gibbons

 

Mrs Frances Gibbons
Senior Information Rights Officer

Information and Records Management

Historic England | Room 2/20 | The Engine House | Fire Fly Avenue |
Swindon | Wiltshire | SN2 2EH

01793 414445

 

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