East Devon District Council bid to develop Manstone site

J Woodward made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Ms Symington,

I would like to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am also making this Request under the Environmental Impact Regulations 2004 which require disclosure on the part of Local Authorities.

This follows on from my request for information about the "East Devon District Council bid to develop Knowle site".
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

I would like the Council to provide the full details of the bid which it submitted for the development of the Manstone site in Sidmouth.

Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Woodward

East Devon District Council

Thank you for submitting a request for information. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within the 20 working day statutory deadline under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For updates on this case, please quote your unique reference number 101000487071 .

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Customer Service Centre
East Devon District Council
Web: www.eastdevon.gov.uk

Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

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Good afternoon Mr Woodward

Thank you for your request for information. You asked for detail of the bid that EDDC submitted in respect of the Manstone site in Sidmouth. Please find this documentation attached. You will note that the actual bid amounts have been withheld for reasons of commercial confidentiality. This is to protect the legitimate economic interest of the Council in terms of any future work it may carry out regarding the sale or development of this site. This detail is exempt under regulation 12(5)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations.

I hope this information is helpful. I am sorry that the document has been been scanned but this is because of the need to include redactions within the text. If you have any difficulty in reading any part of the document please let me know and I can arrange to post a hard copy to you.

If you feel dissatisfied with our response to your request, please contact our Monitoring Officer to request an internal review at [email address]

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at www.ico.gov.uk

Regards

Kate

Mrs Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 517417
www.eastdevon.gov.uk

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Dear Ms Symington,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of East Devon District Council's handling of my FOI request 'East Devon District Council bid to develop Manstone site'.

I would like access to the full, un-redacted documentation.

My understanding is that this is not exempt under regulation 12(5)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Woodward

Henry Gordon Lennox, East Devon District Council

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Mr Woodward,

 

Thank you for your email of 3^rd April. I am sorry that you feel
dissatisfied with our response to your request and I have carried out an
internal review as required.

 

In reviewing our previous response, I have assessed the confidentiality of
the bid submitted by EDDC Housing Services to determine whether there is a
real likelihood that the disclosure of this information would prejudice
the Council’s economic interest.

 

Taking all relevant factors into account, it is my view that the
disclosure of these bid amounts would not prejudice that interest and so I
have attached an unredacted copy of the bid documentation, in its original
form.

 

I hope this is helpful.

If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer this matter to the
Information Commissioner at [1]www.ico.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

HENRY GORDON LENNOX

 

Strategic Lead - Legal, Licensing and Democratic Services

East Devon District Council

Tel: 01395 517401

Ext: 2601

Email: [email address]

 

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Dear Mr Gordon Lennox,

Thank you for forwarding me the full documentation.

What I find surprising is that EDDC decided not to take up an opportunity to build affordable housing where it can.

I would like to ask for the document trail of internal EDDC emails, reports and notes of meetings which account for the process by which the council firstly decided to pursue this option and then finally decided to abandon it.

I would be grateful, therefore, if you could provide me with any such documentation which demonstrates the decision-making process around this policy.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Woodward

Henry Gordon Lennox, East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Woodward,

This constitutes a fresh request as it goes beyond the scope of your original request. I will therefore forwarded your email to the Information Team for them to progress in the normal way.

Yours sincerely,

HENRY GORDON LENNOX

Monitoring Officer
East Devon District Council
Tel: 01395 517401
Ext: 2601
Email: [email address]

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East Devon District Council

Thank you for submitting a request for information. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within the 20 working day statutory deadline under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For updates on this case, please quote your unique reference number 101000541017 .

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Customer Service Centre
East Devon District Council
Web: www.eastdevon.gov.uk

Dear Mr Gordon Lennox,

Thank you for your reply.

As you have in fact fulfilled my original request, I would agree that this further set of questions now falls outside the scope of the original FOI request.

Thank you for forwarding this on to the Information Team - but it makes sense for me to create a completely new FOI request, which is what I will do.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Woodward