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Evidence sought of best practice by LBH in council's preparation for HDV

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Dear Haringey Council

In you answer to LBH/6518917 you stated that;

1. (While Turnberry Real Estate did conduct a soft market testing exercise on behalf of the Council in 2015, this did not include Lendlease). Please send me copies of "Turnberry Real Estate ....soft marketing exercise.

2. You also stated that "While the Council did commission some financial modelling of the ‘category 1 sites’ proposed for redevelopment by the HDV as part of the business case considered by Cabinet in November 2015, no option appraisals fitting the description defined in your request were conducted either for the HDV sites or for the separate High Road West or Hornsey Town Hall sites." Please send me copies of "some financial modelling of the "category 1 sites."

3. Your third answer to LBH/6518917 is not the answer to my third question. Please send the value for money appraisals about the use of public assets for each site listed in that question.

Yours faithfully

Rev Paul Nicolson

Dear Revd Nicolson,
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/6518917

Thank you for your request for information received on the 16th August 2017 , in which you asked for the following information:

Please send me the following information;
1. On what date did any representative or representatives of Haringey Council open formal or informal discussions/explorations with Lend Lease.which resulted in the proposal for the Haringey Development Vehicle? This information should indicate the dates of any written opening communications from the council opening the discussions, who was present at the meetings at what locations and the details of the authorisation of the council representatives to initiate and participate in the discussions.

2. The Council will have carried out Treasury Green Book Economic Option Appraisals for each of the following sites listed for development; Northumberland Park, High Road West, Wood Green and Hornsey Town Hall. Who carried out the appraisals? When? How was the appraisal process used in the design and conduct of Council’s consultation with the public on the setting up of the HDV? Were the public involved in contributing to any aspect of the appraisal, particularly the Non-Monetary Quantifiable Costs and Benefits, and the Non-Monetary Unquantifiable Costs/Benefits? Were the appraisals shared with the public? If not, what was the approved basis for not doing so? Who authorised the non-disclosure?

3. Given that such appraisals are used primarily for the making of value for money decisions about the use of public assets, and that those decisions have now been made, please send me copies of the appraisals for each site listed above.

Please note that this request does not relate to any viability assessments that may also have been made for each site in relation to the planning obligations for each site.

My response is as follows:

1. There were no formal or informal discussions with Lendlease prior to the commencement of the procurement process in January 2016. (While Turnberry Real Estate did conduct a soft market testing exercise on behalf of the Council in 2015, this did not include Lendlease). The contact with bidders during the procurement process is described in the February and July cabinet reports which are available on the Council website at www.haringey.gov.uk/HDV.

2. While the Council did commission some financial modelling of the ‘category 1 sites’ proposed for redevelopment by the HDV as part of the business case considered by Cabinet in November 2015, no option appraisals fitting the description defined in your request were conducted either for the HDV sites or for the separate High Road West or Hornsey Town Hall sites.

3. See answer to question 2.

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Yours faithfully,

Rev Paul Nicolson

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Revd. Nicolson

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/6642117

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 22 September 2017.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 20 October 2017

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Feedback and Information Governance

 

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De Souza Darrell, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Rev Nicholson,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/6642117

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 22 September 2017 ,
in which you asked for the following information:

 

You asked:

 

In you answer to LBH/6518917 you stated that;

 

1. (While Turnberry Real Estate did conduct a soft market testing exercise
on behalf of the Council in 2015, this did not include Lendlease). Please
send me copies of "Turnberry Real Estate ....soft marketing exercise.

 

2. You also stated that  "While the Council did commission some financial
modelling of the ‘category 1 sites’ proposed for redevelopment by the HDV
as part of the business case considered by Cabinet in November 2015, no
option appraisals fitting the description defined in your request were
conducted either for the HDV sites or for the separate High Road West or
Hornsey Town Hall sites." Please send me copies of "some financial
modelling of the "category 1 sites."

 

3.  Your third answer to  LBH/6518917 is not the answer to my third
question.  Please send the value for money  appraisals about the use of
public assets for each site listed in that question.

 

My response is as follows:

 

1.       The documents we hold relating to this soft market testing
exercise are both already published online.  They are the two reports
under the ‘Reports’ heading, within the ‘More Information’ section on the
Council’s dedicated HDV webpages, which can be found [1]here. 

 

2.      In regards to the financial modelling of the category 1 sites,
 this was part of the financial appraisal which underpinned the business
case for the HDV approved by Cabinet in November 2015 (see
[2]http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieLis...
The work was done on behalf of the Council by GVA Bilfinger and Turnberry
Real Estate.  However, the financial appraisal (Appendix 5 to the November
2015 cabinet paper) was in the exempt section of the Cabinet papers
because its publication would have created a substantial risk of prejudice
to the procurement of a private sector partner with which to establish the
HDV.  Pending the conclusion of that process via the signing of the HDV
agreements, this information remains sensitive. 

 

As matters stand, information held by the Council relating to your request
is exempt under section 43(2) FOIA, which provides as follows:

 

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).

 

3.       Regarding question 3 in your original email, I can confirm – as
stated in our original reply to that email - no option appraisals fitting
the description defined in your request were conducted either for the HDV
sites or for the separate High Road West or Hornsey Town Hall sites.

 

 

If you are unhappy with how we have responded to your request you can ask
us to conduct an Internal Review. If so, please contact the Feedback and
Information Team as below. (Please note you should do this within two
months of receiving this response.)   

 

Feedback and Information Governance Team

Alexandra House

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Wood Green,

London

N22 7TR

E [3][email address]

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Darrell De Souza

Business Analyst

 

Rev Paul Nicolson

Dear Haringey Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Haringey Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Evidence sought of best practice by LBH in council's preparation for HDV'.
Please review the answer below in Para 2.

2. In regards to the financial modelling of the category 1 sites,
this was part of the financial appraisal which underpinned the business
case for the HDV approved by Cabinet in November 2015 (see
[2]http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieLis...
The work was done on behalf of the Council by GVA Bilfinger and Turnberry
Real Estate. However, the financial appraisal (Appendix 5 to the November
2015 cabinet paper) was in the exempt section of the Cabinet papers
because its publication would have created a substantial risk of prejudice
to the procurement of a private sector partner with which to establish the
HDV. Pending the conclusion of that process via the signing of the HDV
agreements, this information remains sensitive.

As matters stand, information held by the Council relating to your request
is exempt under section 43(2) FOIA, which provides as follows:

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).

This answer is not acceptable because;
As a resident and taxpayer in the London Borough of Haringey I am a person represented by the local authority whose commercial interests might be prejudiced by the profit or loses shown by the financial appraisal of the HDV. As a result of the decisions of the council their commercial interests on public land and assets have become my commercial interests as a taxpaying member of the public with out any consultation. The information I have asked for is essential to informing me about who to vote at the next election. How can I form a reasonable decision the quality of decisions making by the candidates and their political parties I am to chose if I am excluded from essential financial information about the council parting with £2bn of public land and assets?

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

Yours faithfully,

Rev Paul Nicolson

Dyos Sue, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Revd Nicolson,

 

Internal Review regarding Freedom of Information request reference
LBH/6642117

 

Thank you for email received on 30 October 2017.

 

Your request for an Internal Review has been logged with the reference
LBH/6759217. Please quote this reference number on any further
correspondence.

 

We will now review the response you have been sent to the above request
and I aim to let you know the outcome of our investigation by 27 November
2017. If I need longer, I will write to let you know the reason and when
you can expect a full reply.

 

 

Sue Dyos

Feedback Team Leader 

Shared Service Centre | Central Team

Haringey Council

 

 

 

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