Full Joint Business Case for Loirston Loch Stadium Site

Angus Jamieson made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please provide the full joint AFC/ACC Business Case developed for Loirston Loch Stadium site referenced in this document.

http://planning.aberdeencity.gov.uk/docs...

Yours faithfully,

Angus Jamieson

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Jamieson,

 

Information enquiry reference EIR-16-0980.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 25
July 2016.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 23 August 2016.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

Dear Mr Jamieson,

The link provided relates to the planning application search page of Aberdeen City Council website and does not refer to any particular document.

Could you provide an alternative link or specify exactly which document you are referring to.

Please note: your request is on hold until clarification is received.

Regards,

Nicky

Information Compliance Team
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Dear Foi Enquiries,

My query is in relation to the join business case developed by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Football Club for the Loirston Loch application (Planning application 101299). This was developed and submitted to councillors and funded with £180,000 of ACC funding.

Yours sincerely,

Angus Jamieson

P.S. The reason the link does not work is because your planning application service has changed in the time since my original request.

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Jamieson,

Thank you for providing clarification of your request.

The new scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on or before 1st September 2016.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the meantime.

Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
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ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

01224 523827/523602

Tel 03000 200 292

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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Jamieson,

 

Thank you for your information request of 5 August 2016.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

Please provide the full joint AFC/ACC Business Case developed for Loirston
Loch Stadium site. My query is in relation to the join business case
developed by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Football Club for the
Loirston Loch application (Planning application 101299).  This was
developed and submitted to councillors and funded with £180,000 of ACC
funding.

Please see attached as requested.

 

Please note that third party names and personal details, as well as the
names of ACC Officers who are below Head of Service level have been
redacted (blacked out) from the attached Report. This is because ACC
considers that this information is excepted from disclosure. In order to
comply with its obligations under the terms of Regulation 13 of the EIRs,
ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under the terms
of Regulation 11(2) in conjunction with 11(3)(a)(i) – Personal Information
- of the EIRs.

 

In making this decision ACC considered the following points:

 

ACC is of the opinion that Regulation 11(2) applies to the information
specified above as the information in question is personal information
relating to living individuals, and the applicant is not the data subject.

 

ACC is of the opinion that Regulation 11(3)(a)(i) applies, as ACC
considers that disclosure of this information would be a breach of the
first Data Protection Principle (that personal information must be
processed fairly and lawfully). Third parties named within the attached
document and ACC Officers below Head of Service level would not expect ACC
to release this information about them into the public domain under the
EIRs (or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on costs and figures
associated with this business case as it is excepted from disclosure. In
order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Regulation 13 of
the EIRs, ACC hereby gives notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Regulation 10(5)(e) – Confidentiality of Commercial
Information - of the EIRs.

 

In making this decision ACC considered the following points:

 

ACC considers that commercial interests exist in relation to the costs and
figures associated with the attached business case because it would allow
identification of elements of the current project which is currently still
ongoing. Disclosure of this information into the public domain under the
FOISA would prejudice the commercial interests of both the contractor and
ACC.

 

Disclosure of this information is likely to weaken the contractor’s
business position in a competitive environment by revealing sensitive
information which tenderers may find useful. It is important that ACC
maintains good working relationships with external companies to enable it
to obtain value for money and so releasing commercially sensitive
information could potentially damage ACC’s reputation with such third
parties, dissuading the third parties from engaging with ACC.

 

ACC recognises that there is a public interest in being open and
transparent about its spending of public money. However, the costs
associated with this business case could not be said to be ACC costs but
rather those of a third party. On this basis, it would not be appropriate
for ACC to release this information.

 

However, ACC is of the view that in this case, the public interest lies in
withholding the information as disclosure would prejudice ACC’s commercial
relationships.  There is a strong public interest in allowing normal
market forces to operate in a competitive environment and engage in a fair
and transparent process. On this basis, ACC is of the view that in all the
circumstances of the case, the public interest is best met by applying
Regulation 10(5)(e).

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

As the information which you requested is environmental information, as
defined under Regulation 2(1) of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (the EIRs), ACC considered that it was exempt from
release through FOISA, and must therefore give you notice that we are
refusing  your request under Section 39(2) of FOISA (Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002).  However, you have a separate right to
access the information which you have requested under Regulation 5 of the
EIRs, under which ACC has handled your request. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under the EIRs.

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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