Documentary evidence re planning application approval
Peter Ashford made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.
Dear Sir or Madam,
A request for planning approval of a proposed major warehouse distribution facility intended for construction in Hampshire between Fleet and Farnborough was made to the local authority in and rejected. Following extensive consultations a major planning enquiry was eventually conducted by a government planning inspector who rejected the developer's application by approving the near-universal objections to it by all relevant parties concerned.
The developer then appealed the inspector's planning refusal to the Secretary of State following which Secretary John Denham is reported to have overturned the inspector's decision purportedly by his own personal decision to allow the development to proceed.
The Appeal reference numbers APP/N1730/A/08/2065912 and APP/N1730/A/08/2072087 refer.
Please provide copies of all primary correspondence held by the Department on this matter commencing with the developer's application to the Department/Secretary and ending with Mr Denham's stated approval of the developer's application.
By 'primary' correspondence I mean all of the covering letters/emails/faxes at every stage of the process conducted within the Department and not the associated evidential and other material to which they will have referred. (It may be necessary to make an additional request for some of such additional material at a future date). This requested primary correspondence must be sufficient to show the various questions/answers and consequent enquiries and opinions expressed and arising and the material recommendations and decisions on the part of departmental officers/ministers and Mr Denham himself in the course of his approval of the developer's application to him contrary to the decision of the planning inspector.
By way of pre-empting possible obfuscation and evasion that might otherwise arise (as it has in the past on the part of at least one other government department) please note that none of the requested documents is susceptible to redaction or the obscuration of any content such as names and positions of officers shown on them. The Information Commissioner's Office has previously ruled to this effect by confirming that all officers and their titles who are named on departmental correspondence are acting always in their capacity as employed officers of departments/authorities and not in any personal capacity as private individuals. Consequently there is no provision of the Data Protection Act that would require or permit confidentiality of their identification.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Your response to my information request is overdue contrary to law.
Please deal with it now without further delay
Sorry, this reply didn't reach you in the first instance please find
attached, in Word, the response to your recent email regarding further
information on Hartland Park.
Planning Central Casework division
Communities and Local Government
<<09-10-19 EIR response.doc>>
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