Development on Playing Fields within West Berkshire

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Dear Sport England,

Dear Sport England,

Under FOI/EIR please could you provide me with copies of all
correspondence, notes of telephone calls, emails ( including
covering emails) and consultation responses with West Berkshire
Council and any other party regarding development on Playing Fields ( or parts thereof) within West Berkshire.

I appreciate that you have already provided me with information regarding the Triangle Field in Hungerford, and so can limit my request for information relating to that site to the period from the date of my last request ( 15th June), but if possible would appreciate you extending your search back to previous months/years for other sites as far as is reasonable within the limits of the EIR.

Many thanks for your help.

Yours faithfully,

J A Giggins

FOI, Sport England

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Dear J A Giggins,
 
I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information received
on 14 September 2015. You asked for;
 
        '…copies of all correspondence, notes of telephone calls, emails (
including covering emails) and consultation responses with West Berkshire
Council and any other party regarding development on Playing Fields ( or
parts thereof) within West Berkshire'
 
We will be treating your request under the terms of the Environmental
Information Regulations. We will respond promptly, but in any event by 12
October 2015, this being 20 working days from receipt of your request.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Matthew
 
Matthew Ramsey Information Governance and FOI Manager T: 0207 273 1680
 
 

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Dear J A Giggins,
 
I am writing with regard to your request for information received on 14
September 2015. You asked for;
 
        '…copies of all correspondence, notes of telephone calls, emails (
including covering emails) and consultation responses with West Berkshire
Council and any other party regarding development on Playing Fields ( or
parts thereof) within West Berkshire'
 
As my colleague Matthew stated in his acknowledgement email to you of 15
September, we have treated your request under the terms of the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).
 
This response includes:
 

* An excel spreadsheet (attached) giving details of all 157 planning
applications which contain the local authority reference ‘West
Berkshire’ dating back to 2001

 

* Copies of all correspondence, notes of telephone calls, emails
(including covering emails) and consultation responses with West
Berkshire Council and any other party regarding Triangle Field in
Hungerford since 15 June 2015:

 

 1. Email from Sport England Planning Manager to West Berkshire Council
Planning Officer (Subject: THE TRIANGLE FIELD, Priory Road,
Hungerford, RG17 0AR)

 
Redactions: Personal data
 

 2. Correspondence between Sport England and West Berkshire Council dated
22 July 2015, attached to email (1) as a pdf with the file name
‘2015722 40226 NO E2 VATriangle Field’

 
Redactions: Personal data
 

 3. Email chain between Sport England Planning Manager to West Berkshire
Council Planning Officer (Subject: The Triangle Field -15/00366/FUL)

 
Redactions: Personal data
 

 4. Document attached to email (3) as a pdf with the file name ‘Location 
Site Layout Plans 14 07 15’

 
Redactions: None
 
 
 
With regard to your request for “all correspondence, notes of telephone
calls, emails ( including covering emails) and consultation responses with
West Berkshire Council” our position is that due to the sheer volume of
documentation that falls within scope, the burden on Sport England
resources is too great and  therefore disclosure is exempt under the
exception at regulation 12(4)(b) of the EIR.
 
Our assessment is that the burden of collating, reviewing, redacting, etc
all the documentation relating to 157 different planning applications
would be a material drain on the resources of the Sport England planning
team, and would divert resources away from our statutory duties.
 
All of our responses to West Berkshire are available on the council’s
website and will include the views of third parties we consulted where
material.
 
The link below will take you to West Berkshire Council’s searchable
planning applications database:
 
[1]http://publicaccess.westberks.gov.uk/onl...
 
I hope this information satisfies your Freedom of Information request.
However, if you are dissatisfied with this response and would like it to
be reviewed, please contact:

Erin Stephens, Principal In House Solicitor Sport England 1st Floor, 21
Bloomsbury Street London, WC1B 3HF

in writing (including by letter or email) and your complaint will be dealt
with through our Internal Review procedure. Please describe the original
request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address
for correspondence.

If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner. He can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
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Yours sincerely,
Andy
 
 
Andrew Lewis Head of Public Affairs 
 
 
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Dear FOI,

Many thanks for your response to this FOI.

I completely understand that it would be unreasonable to ask Sport England to provide all documentation relating to each planning application on which you have been consulted - given the fact that previous requests have indicated that West Berkshire Council seemed unaware of the requirement to consult on planning applications on the Triangle Field the extent of the list came as a complete surprise to me.

The information that I am looking for, and which possibly may not be hold, is more general correspondence or perhaps policy advice sought regarding potential development on sports pitches/playing fields attached to schools and/or clubs.

I would be grateful if you could perform an internal review of this part of my request.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

J A Giggins

FOI, Sport England

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Dear J A Giggins

 

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review of our response to
your recent information request.

 

I am writing to confirm receipt and to let you know that I have passed
your request on to Erin Stephens, Principal In House Solicitor, to conduct
an internal review.

 

We will be in touch again in due course and in any event before 4 December
2015 which is twenty working days from today. In the meantime, please do
not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

 

Kind regards

Gail Laughlan, Information Governance and FOI Manager

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Dear J A Giggins,

 

Thank you for your email of 6 November 2015 in which you requested copies
of 'general correspondence or policy advice sought [by West Berkshire
Council] regarding potential development on sports pitches/playing fields
attached to schools and/or clubs'.

 

I note that you asked us to carry out an Internal Review of ‘this part of
your request’. However, since you have not previously requested this
information from us we have treated your email as a new request for
information made under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

We have carried out an initial review of this request and have concluded
that we are unable to identify information within the scope because your
request is formulated in too general a manner. I am therefore writing to
let you know that we consider the information to be exempt from disclosure
under s.12 (4) (c) of the Regulations.

 

We may be able to progress your request further if you are willing to
reformulate your request. This may include focusing your request on
correspondence concerning a particular sports pitch, school or club or
asking us to include only general correspondence with a particular person
or organisation, or geographic area within a specific range of dates.

 

If you would like to limit the scope of your request in this way please
let me know. Please also feel free to contact me if you would like any
further assistance in reformulating your request.

 

This completes our response to your information request. If you are
dissatisfied with our response and would like it to be reviewed please
contact:

 

Erin Stephens

Principal In House Solicitor

Sport England

1^st Floor, 21 Bloomsbury Street

London

WC1B 3HF

 

in writing (including by letter or email) and your complaint will be dealt
with through our Internal Review Procedure. Please describe your original
request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction and include an address
for correspondence.

 

If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review you have the
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

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Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

Gail Laughlan, Information Governance and FOI Manager

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Dear Gail Laughlan,

Many thanks for your internal review of my FOI request, the full thread of which is detailed on WhatDoTheyKnow.com:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

I would like to reiterate that I am extremely grateful for the information provided so far, and also for your own advice on further limiting the scope of my request. I'll make this as a separate request on WhatDoTheyKnow in order to maintain the automatic reminders.

Yours sincerely,

J A Giggins

FOI, Sport England

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