Correspondence your reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P

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Dear Sport England,
In 2012 you corresponded with Leeds Schools Sports Association, Graham Thornton, about plans to permit the loss of a playing field in Leeds 12 - Oldfield Lane. Your reference is Y/LE/2012/300002/P. Helen Ledger was one of your representatives.

I request access to this correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Clare O'Keefe

FOI, Sport England

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FOI, Sport England

Dear Clare

 

Thank you for your email below in which you request information about a
planning matter involving Leeds Schools Sports Association. Your email was
received on 4 February 2020 and has been passed to me as I am responsible
for responding to requests for information held by Sport England.

 

As a public body, Sport England is subject to the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and we will handle your request in accordance with their terms. We will
provide you with our full response promptly and usually within twenty
working days. In some circumstances we may extend this to allow us to
consider the public interest; if this is necessary in your case I will
write to you again and explain why.

 

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From: Clare O'Keefe <[FOI #643258 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:18 PM
To: FOI <[Sport England request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Correspondence your reference
Y/LE/2012/30002/P

 

Dear Sport England,
In 2012 you corresponded with Leeds Schools Sports Association, Graham
Thornton, about plans to permit the loss of a playing field in Leeds 12 -
Oldfield Lane. Your reference is Y/LE/2012/300002/P. Helen Ledger was one
of your representatives.

I request access to this correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Clare O'Keefe

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FOI, Sport England

Dear Clare

 

I write further to my email below and your request for information about a
planning matter involving Leeds Schools Sports Association.

 

As your request is about information relating to the potential development
of land, we have considered it under the terms of the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (the EI Regulations) and our response is set
out below.

 

Sport England holds some information falling within the scope of your
request but, after careful consideration, we have decided that the
following exceptions of the EI Regulations apply to your request:

 

o Regulation 12(5)(e) applies because the information you have requested
is confidential and commercially sensitive information.  

o Regulation 12(4)(d) applies because some of the information that you
have requested relates to material that is incomplete and unfinished
documents.

 

As Regulations 12(5)(e) and 12(4)(d) are qualified exceptions, we are
required to carry out a public interest test to determine whether the
public interest in releasing the information outweighs the public interest
in withholding it. There is a presumption that information should be
released unless there are compelling reasons to withhold it.

 

 

Factors in favour of disclosing the Factors in favour of withholding the

information information
The inherent public interest in The public interest in ensuring Sport
ensuring openness and transparency England is free to consult and carry
in the work of public authorities out its statutory function with
including Sport England respect of planning applications
confidentially
 
 
PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 4
PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 5
 
 
Prejudice would occur, effect severe
Prejudice would occur, effect severe
The public interest in ensuring The public interest in ensuring that
scrutiny of Sport England carrying Sport England can deliberate on
out its statutory functions important issues, including those
connected with carrying out its
  statutory functions.

PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 4  

  PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING 5

Prejudice would occur, effect severe  

Prejudice would occur, effect severe
The public interest in ensuring that The inherent public interest in
there is accountability, assessment ensuring that the effective conduct
an effective monitoring in the use of public affairs is not inhibited by
of and distribution of public funds. the disclosure of information under
the EIR
 
 
PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 4
PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 4
 
 
Prejudice would occur, effect severe
Prejudice would occur, effect severe
  The public interest in ensuring that
the public authority is able to
provide advisory responses to
pre-application planning matters
without creating a chilling effect.

 

PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 5

 

Prejudice would occur, effect severe
  The public interest to create a safe
space for pre-application planning
advice

 

PUBLIC INTEREST WEIGHTING: 0

(please note I have reduced this
weighting to zero as I consider that
the scoring has already been captured
in the factor listed above and to
avoid duplicating or double scoring
the factors I have assessed at 0.
This would otherwise be scored at 4).

Prejudice would occur, effect severe

 

Having considered the above factors, we are satisfied that the balance
lies in favour of withholding the information on this occasion. We are
therefore refusing to disclose the information you have requested.

 

In reaching our decision we have consulted the relevant guidance issued by
the Information Commissioner’s Office and available on its website at
[1]www.ico.org.uk

 

As a public body, Sport England is subject to the terms of the EI
Regulations 2004 and this means you are entitled to complain if you are
unhappy with the way we have handled your information request and/or ask
us to review our decision.

 

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If you are not content with the outcome of our Internal Review you have
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the Information Commissioner will not be able to consider an appeal unless
you have first exhausted the Internal Review procedure provided by Sport
England.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

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I am sorry that we have not been able to be more helpful on this occasion.

 

Kind regards,

 

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From: FOI <[Sport England request email]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:20 AM
To: Clare O'Keefe <[FOI #643258 email]>; FOI
<[Sport England request email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Correspondence your
reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P

 

Dear Clare

 

Thank you for your email below in which you request information about a
planning matter involving Leeds Schools Sports Association. Your email was
received on 4 February 2020 and has been passed to me as I am responsible
for responding to requests for information held by Sport England.

 

As a public body, Sport England is subject to the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and we will handle your request in accordance with their terms. We will
provide you with our full response promptly and usually within twenty
working days. In some circumstances we may extend this to allow us to
consider the public interest; if this is necessary in your case I will
write to you again and explain why.

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than 3
March 2020. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of
any further assistance.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Team

 

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From: Clare O'Keefe <[8][FOI #643258 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:18 PM
To: FOI <[9][Sport England request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Correspondence your reference
Y/LE/2012/30002/P

 

Dear Sport England,
In 2012 you corresponded with Leeds Schools Sports Association, Graham
Thornton, about plans to permit the loss of a playing field in Leeds 12 -
Oldfield Lane. Your reference is Y/LE/2012/300002/P. Helen Ledger was one
of your representatives.

I request access to this correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Clare O'Keefe

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Dear FOI,
(Please only write messages directly relating to your request Correspondence your reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P)
Some passages of your response to my request are unintelligible.
The information that I requested is already in the possession of the community. Refusal to allow access to this information from yourselves, is indeed "chilling".
The concealment of this information appears to be in support of the LCC and the LSSA and neglects the views of the community which need to be heard. 4,000 people have now objected to the loss of the playing field on Oldfield Lane.
It is now known and admitted by LCC that their 2017 Green Space Paper contains huge errors and that the districts served by the aforementioned playing field are deprived in the matter of outdoor sports provision. Although LCC have not quantified this 0 it is evident that Farnley and Wortley Ward are lacking 4 hectares or more and that Armley Ward is lacking an acre.
The playing field has been allowed to be left unused for 7 years after Sports England refused to agree to the loss. This is land banking which Sport England now state to me that information to support this should not be released. But such information is already in the public domain.
Failure to disclose this information appears to be collusion around poor practice and calculated manipulation by those in power.
Kind regards
Clare O'Keefe

Yours sincerely,

Clare O'Keefe

FOI, Sport England

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FOI, Sport England

Dear Clare

 

Thank you for your email below dated 13 February 2020 about our decision
on your freedom of information request.

 

I am sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with our decision. As you
have expressed your dissatisfaction, we are treating your complaint as a
request for an internal review of that decision.     

 

All internal reviews are carried out by a colleague who has not previously
been involved in the handling of your information request and we aim to
complete them within twenty working days.

 

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From: Clare O'Keefe <[FOI #643258 email]>
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:56 PM
To: FOI <[Sport England request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Correspondence your reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P

 

Dear FOI,
(Please only write messages directly relating to your request
Correspondence your reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P)
Some passages of your response to my request are unintelligible.
The information that I requested is already in the possession of the
community. Refusal to allow access to this information from yourselves, is
indeed "chilling".
The concealment of this information appears to be in support of the LCC
and the LSSA and neglects the views of the community which need to be
heard. 4,000 people have now objected to the loss of the playing field on
Oldfield Lane.
It is now known and admitted by LCC that their 2017 Green Space Paper
contains huge errors and that the districts served by the aforementioned
playing field are deprived in the matter of outdoor sports provision.
Although LCC have not quantified this 0 it is evident that Farnley and
Wortley Ward are lacking 4 hectares or more and that Armley Ward is
lacking an acre.
The playing field has been allowed to be left unused for 7 years after
Sports England refused to agree to the loss. This is land banking which
Sport England now state to me that information to support this should not
be released. But such information is already in the public domain.
Failure to disclose this information appears to be collusion around poor
practice and calculated manipulation by those in power.
Kind regards
Clare O'Keefe

Yours sincerely,

Clare O'Keefe

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Gaile Walters, Sport England

Dear Madam,
I am the officer assigned to complete the internal review into your
freedom of information request on the captioned matter actioned by Sport
England. The review is almost complete however I would request a one day
extension to 13 March to obtain some additional information which would
assist the process. You are of course not obliged to provide this
extension but I thank you for your patience. Notwithstanding the findings
of this review will be sent to you by close of business 13 March 2020.
I am,
Gaile A Walters
In-house Solicitor
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FOI, Sport England

Dear Clare

 

Further to my colleague’s email below, I am writing to let you know that
we are still not yet in a position to provide you with our response.

 

We are considering your request and hope to respond to you as soon as
possible but latest by 17 April 2020.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay and any inconvenience
caused.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Team.

 

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From: Gaile Walters <[email address]>
Sent: 12 March 2020 16:54
To: [FOI #643258 email]
Cc: FOI <[Sport England request email]>
Subject: Internal Review-Reference Y/LE/2012/30002/P

 

Dear Madam,

 

I am the officer assigned to complete the internal review into your
freedom of information request on the captioned matter actioned by Sport
England. The review is almost complete however I would request a one day
extension to 13 March to obtain some additional information which would
assist the process. You are of course not obliged to provide this
extension but I thank you for your patience. Notwithstanding the findings
of this review will be sent to you by close of business 13 March 2020.

 

 

 

I am,

 

 

Gaile A Walters

In-house Solicitor

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