Development Capacity Study for Kingston upon Thames

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Please can you send me whatever draft exists in whatever form it exists of any Development Capacity Study that is currently being compiled by the GLA and/or Kingston Council or by any other body or bodies for the Borough of Kingston upon Thames, any part thereof and/or for any Opportunity Area or area of Opportunity or any other area for possible development in the Borough? Kingston Council has confirmed that a draft of the Development Capacity Study does exist in a previous Freedom of Information request I have made to them.

Please can you also send me written information that gives details of the timings for the compilation of any Development Capacity Study for Kingston and which show the planned timings for the compilation of any Development Funding Infrastructure Study that is planned for Kingston Borough or any part thereof as mentioned above?

I assert that you do not have the right under EIR 12 (4) to withhold any
of the requested information on the basis that such information may be
"incomplete, unresolved or otherwise undecided". I assert that such an
exception fails the public interest test. Under Regulation 12(1)b of the
EIR , it is stated that "the public authority can only withhold the
information if, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest
in meeting the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information. "

I assert that it is in the "greater good or benefit to the community" for
any and all information that may affect the Council's ambitious growth
plans for the Borough be made public, specifically given there is
considerable doubt as to whether Kingston council has a mandate for the growth
being planned (Roy Thomson - Growth Committee discussion of Direction of
Travel October 2016), given that the council only has authority from IPC
Committee to pursue Opportunity Area status for Kingston Town (IPCC
Committee 24/3/15) whilst it is pursuing Opportunity Area status for areas
across the Borough, and given the complete secrecy with which discussions
and plans are being formed with the GLA for growth in Kingston. In my
opinion, the way in which growth policy is being developed and information
withheld is undemocratic and harmful to public interest and there is no
doubt that it is in the greater good and benefit of the community to
receive details about how the Council and the GLA are intending to fund Kingston's growth plans and associated infrastructure. By withholding information,
Kingston Council and the GLA would, in my opinion, be purposefully limiting public awareness of the potential for growth in the Borough, restricting public participation in
environmental decisions and working to stop people from creating a better
environment - all of which are counter to Directive 2003/4/EC. I assert
also that the GLA would not be justified to withhold the requested
information because Regulation 12(2) of the EIR states that "a public
authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure" and the
GLA has no justifiable reason not to presume in favour of such
disclosure.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Scott

Greater London Authority

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Dear Ms Scott

Please find attached our response to your request of 6 January.

Your sincerely

Ruth Phillips
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Please can you send me whatever draft exists in whatever form it exists of
any Development Capacity Study that is currently being compiled by the GLA
and/or Kingston Council or by any other body or bodies for the Borough of
Kingston upon Thames, any part thereof and/or for any Opportunity Area or
area of Opportunity or any other area for possible development in the
Borough? Kingston Council has confirmed that a draft of the Development
Capacity Study does exist in a previous Freedom of Information request I
have made to them.

Please can you also send me written information that gives details of the
timings for the compilation of any Development Capacity Study for Kingston
and which show the planned timings for the compilation of any Development
Funding Infrastructure Study that is planned for Kingston Borough or any
part thereof as mentioned above?

I assert that you do not have the right under EIR 12 (4) to withhold any
of the requested information on the basis that such information may be
"incomplete, unresolved or otherwise undecided". I assert that such an
exception fails the public interest test. Under Regulation 12(1)b of the
EIR , it is stated that "the public authority can only withhold the
information if, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest
in meeting the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information. "

I assert that it is in the "greater good or benefit to the community" for
any and all information that may affect the Council's ambitious growth
plans for the Borough be made public, specifically given there is
considerable doubt as to whether Kingston council has a mandate for the
growth
being planned (Roy Thomson - Growth Committee discussion of Direction of
Travel October 2016), given that the council only has authority from IPC
Committee to pursue Opportunity Area status for Kingston Town (IPCC
Committee 24/3/15) whilst it is pursuing Opportunity Area status for areas
across the Borough, and given the complete secrecy with which discussions
and plans are being formed with the GLA for growth in Kingston. In my
opinion, the way in which growth policy is being developed and information
withheld is undemocratic and harmful to public interest and there is no
doubt that it is in the greater good and benefit of the community to
receive details about how the Council and the GLA are intending to fund
Kingston's growth plans and associated infrastructure. By withholding
information,
Kingston Council and the GLA would, in my opinion, be purposefully
limiting public awareness of the potential for growth in the Borough,
restricting public participation in
environmental decisions and working to stop people from creating a better
environment - all of which are counter to Directive 2003/4/EC. I assert
also that the GLA would not be justified to withhold the requested
information because Regulation 12(2) of the EIR states that "a public
authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure" and the
GLA has no justifiable reason not to presume in favour of such
disclosure.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Scott

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