Hotel Development in the City

Michael Hammill made this Freedom of Information request to City of York Council

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Dear City of York Council,

Please provide the following information:
1 How many hotels have received planning consent since January 2007 yet the planning applications have not been implemented?
2 How many hotel bedrooms would have been provided by these unimplemented schemes?
3 Please provide a spread sheet describing the address and the planning reference number and the number of bedrooms in each of the applications referred to above.
4 How many hotel bedrooms does the council think are necessary over the next 5 years?
5 What research has been undertaken into the hotel industry in York to help control future hotel development and arrive at an answer to 4 above?
6 Who in the Council is responsible for researching / formulating hotel development and what experience do they have?
7 How many hotel bedrooms are proposed on the "teardrop" site and other large sites which have not yet been the subject of a planning application?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Hammill

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Dear Mr Hammill

I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act. You should receive a response by 16th January 2014.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 16 December 2013 16:50
To: [City of York Council request email]
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Hotel Development in the City

Dear City of York Council,

Please provide the following information:
1 How many hotels have received planning consent since January 2007 yet the planning applications have not been implemented?
2 How many hotel bedrooms would have been provided by these unimplemented schemes?
3 Please provide a spread sheet describing the address and the planning reference number and the number of bedrooms in each of the applications referred to above.
4 How many hotel bedrooms does the council think are necessary over the next 5 years?
5 What research has been undertaken into the hotel industry in York to help control future hotel development and arrive at an answer to 4 above?
6 Who in the Council is responsible for researching / formulating hotel development and what experience do they have?
7 How many hotel bedrooms are proposed on the "teardrop" site and other large sites which have not yet been the subject of a planning application?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Hammill

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Michael Hammill

Dear Cath Murray

In your reply to my FoI you answered Q4 stating that a hotel study is being commissioned this month (January) for reporting in February. Please can you direct me to where I can find this report.

Yours sincerely,

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Dear Mr Hammill

I have contacted service regarding your request. There will be a delay in
providing the information you have requested which will now be on our web site
in April 2014.

Kay Robinson

Kay Robinson | Complaints & Information Officer
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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 01 March 2014 05:23
To: [City of York Council request email]
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information CF6809

Dear Cath Murray

In your reply to my FoI you answered Q4 stating that a hotel study is being commissioned this month (January) for reporting in February. Please can you direct me to where I can find this report.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Please see attached the response to your enquiry under the Freedom of
Information Act.

Kay Robinson | Complaints & Information Officer
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Michael Hammill

Dear [email address],

Thanks for your prompt clarification

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Michael Hammill

Dear [email address],

Please advise where this report can be found on the Councils website as promised back in March

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

Dear Mr Hammill

If you will let us know what report you are referring to we can ask the relevant service

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From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 08 May 2014 22:10
To: [City of York Council request email]
Subject: Re: FOI Automated Response from City of York Council

Dear [City of York Council request email],

Please advise where this report can be found on the Councils website as promised back in March

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Michael Hammill

Dear [email address],

Its the Hotel Study that Cath Murray said would be available in April. Are you not able to follow the history of this request on What do they know website?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Michael Hammill

Dear [email address],

I have already told you that it is the Hotel Report that Cath Murray told me was being prepared and originally would be published in February.

Please advise why you are only displaying part of this FoI request and not the whole email trail?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Storr, Charles, City of York Council

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Dear Mr. Hammill,
 
I am able to confirm that the study was commissioned earlier this year as
planned. However due to a number of factors there have been some delays in
the final study being produced. The process to finalise the study is
ongoing and we hope it will be completed shortly. It will be placed into
the public domain at that point and naturally we will be happy to forward
a copy to you when completed.
 
I would like to extend my apologies to you for the delay and for not
posting a notice that the report was delayed. I trust this is acceptable
and in the meantime please feel free to contact me in the meantime.
 
Regards,
 
Charles
 
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Michael Hammill

Dear Storr, Charles,
Thank you for your prompt response. The report is critical to Yorks future prosperity and was promised originally in February. Has a date been set for its delivery please?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Michael Hammill

Dear Storr, Charles,

Please may I have an answer to my earlier message

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Storr, Charles, City of York Council

Hi Mr. Hammill,

Apologies for not coming back to you sooner.
We received the first draft of the report last week but unfortunately it needs more work. The researched have gone back to provide more information and further research and I anticipate the 2nd draft sometime towards the end of June. We will have a further review then and if finalised the report will be released. If it needs further work it will be further delayed.

I've put a reminder in my diary to contact you at the end of June to give you a further update.

Regards

Charles

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 14 May 2014 17:26
To: Storr, Charles
Subject: Re: Hotel Study

Dear Storr, Charles,
Thank you for your prompt response. The report is critical to Yorks future prosperity and was promised originally in February. Has a date been set for its delivery please?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

-----Original Message-----

Dear Mr. Hammill,

I am able to confirm that the study was commissioned earlier this year as
planned. However due to a number of factors there have been some delays in
the final study being produced. The process to finalise the study is
ongoing and we hope it will be completed shortly. It will be placed into
the public domain at that point and naturally we will be happy to forward
a copy to you when completed.

I would like to extend my apologies to you for the delay and for not
posting a notice that the report was delayed. I trust this is acceptable
and in the meantime please feel free to contact me in the meantime.

Regards,

Charles

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West Offices | Station Rise | York | YO1 6GA
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Michael Hammill

Dear Storr, Charles,

Thanks for your prompt response. Are the researchers actually interviewing existing hoteliers since no one has approached my hotel for any input?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Storr, Charles, City of York Council

They have approached a number of hotels randomly but I'm happy to steer them to you. Which is your hotel and I'll ask them to get in touch.

Charles

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2014 17:21
To: Storr, Charles
Subject: RE: Hotel Study

Dear Storr, Charles,

Thanks for your prompt response. Are the researchers actually interviewing existing hoteliers since no one has approached my hotel for any input?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

-----Original Message-----

Hi Mr. Hammill,

Apologies for not coming back to you sooner.
We received the first draft of the report last week but unfortunately it needs more work. The researched have gone back to provide more information and further research and I anticipate the 2nd draft sometime towards the end of June. We will have a further review then and if finalised the report will be released. If it needs further work it will be further delayed.

I've put a reminder in my diary to contact you at the end of June to give you a further update.

Regards

Charles

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Dear Storr, Charles,

www.hotel53.com

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Storr, Charles, City of York Council

Thanks for this...I'll pass it on.

Charles

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2014 17:26
To: Storr, Charles
Subject: RE: Hotel Study

Dear Storr, Charles,

www.hotel53.com

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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They have approached a number of hotels randomly but I'm happy to steer them to you. Which is your hotel and I'll ask them to get in touch.

Charles

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Storr, Charles, City of York Council

I've sent it on to the researched now and most of the team are away this week so I imagine it will be next week before someone gets in touch.

Charles

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2014 17:26
To: Storr, Charles
Subject: RE: Hotel Study

Dear Storr, Charles,

www.hotel53.com

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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They have approached a number of hotels randomly but I'm happy to steer them to you. Which is your hotel and I'll ask them to get in touch.

Charles

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Hi Mr. Hammill,
I've had a confirmation from the researchers and they will contact you in due course.

Regards

Charles

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From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 27 May 2014 17:26
To: Storr, Charles
Subject: RE: Hotel Study

Dear Storr, Charles,

www.hotel53.com

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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They have approached a number of hotels randomly but I'm happy to steer them to you. Which is your hotel and I'll ask them to get in touch.

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Dear Storr, Charles,

Thanks

Are you able to say which other hotels have been contacted since my enquiries have revealed no other contacts!!

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Storr, Charles, City of York Council

Hi Michael,

I'm not at liberty to say at this stage but I'm sure if you speak to the researchers they might be happy to give you further information on who they interviewed.

Charles

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Dear Storr, Charles,

Thanks

Are you able to say which other hotels have been contacted since my enquiries have revealed no other contacts!!

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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I've had a confirmation from the researchers and they will contact you in due course.

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Dear Storr, Charles,

Thanks I will do so, because I cant find an operator who knows anything about a survey / new hotel policy!!

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

Michael Hammill

Dear Charles,

Ive had no contact from the researchers that you mentioned back in May. Is this consultation still running or has the policy now been published?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Dear City of York Council,

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

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Please answer my questions

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Dear Mr Hammill
 
Thank you for your request dated 21 July 2014 asking for an internal
review of your enquiry, CF6809. 
 
I have made enquiries and understand that the outstanding information
requested in your original reply is not held. You have disputed the
Council’s reply to question 4, which asked:
 
“How many hotel bedrooms does the council think are necessary over the
next 5 years?”
 
To this, the Council replied that it was exempt from disclosure under s22
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as it was intended for future
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have requested, so is unable to release it to you.
 
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been published. You have submitted various further questions, which have
been answered as part of that correspondence. The one remaining question
which is unanswered is for the details of hotels which have been contacted
by the researchers. I understand that this information is not held by the
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respond to this. The Council had commissioned the report and its interest
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requested is not held by the Council. The Act gives a right of access to
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All I wanted was an answer to my message of 6th July please

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Dear Mr Hammill

The consultation is still running and the report will be published, once it is completed.

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Dear [email address],
Thank you for your prompt reply.

This report, which is crucial to Yorks tourist industry, was originally supposed to be published in February 2014.It is now 6 months later so is there a new target date for its completion please and who in the Council is project managing this?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Dear Mr Hammill

Thank you for your email, but the internal review of your request has been completed. As you are now asking further questions, I will redirect your email to Council colleagues, for them to respond to you.

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To: [email address]
Subject: RE: Internal review - CF6809

Dear [email address],
Thank you for your prompt reply.

This report, which is crucial to Yorks tourist industry, was originally supposed to be published in February 2014.It is now 6 months later so is there a new target date for its completion please and who in the Council is project managing this?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Dear Mr Hammill

The consultation is still running and the report will be published, once it is completed.

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Dear [email address],

Thank you.

Please confirm the names of Council colleagues you have forwarded this to.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

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Dear Mr Hammill

The delay with this report is ridiculous, but, not unusual for City of York Council.

In 2012 a survey by council officers was concluded in September titled 'Get York Building'. This was used to inform on measures needed to unblock stalled housing developments in York, which were discussed and agreed at a committee meeting in February 2013, but, the report was not published. As a supporting/background paper, it should have been, and by not being published the council were in breach of Statutory Instrument No 2089 (2012).

I requested that the report/survey be published, and was told it could not be because it was confidential and contained commercially sensitive information.

I complained to the Police, who referred the matter to the LGO, and after three views by them which I refused to accept, they finally managed to pressure the council to release a redacted version of the survey. It took the council until January 2014 to provide this, and they had been discussing it since May 2013. There were four redactions to one part of the survey, one being a telephone number?!! The findings of the survey were completely misinterpreted, and the survey was flawed, with over half questioned being irrelevant, and views from others being incorrectly analysed with weight not being attached to the major sites which were more relevant to certain policies. Frankly, it was a stitch-up, with the council witholding the report/survey, because it did not support the conclusions/recommendations the author had arrived at.

I suspect that there are similar issues with the Hotel study.

I notice that your Hotel was not questioned either - that's a coincidence, as certain developers/architects were not questioned about sites that were supposed to be in the Get York Building report. Like you, they had showed dissent or asked questions about council policies.

I hope you get the picture.

Yours sincerely
Paul S Cordock
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From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 02 August 2014 08:34
To: [email address]
Subject: RE: Internal review - CF6809

Dear [email address],

Thank you.

Please confirm the names of Council colleagues you have forwarded this to.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hammill

-----Original Message-----

Dear Mr Hammill

Thank you for your email, but the internal review of your request has been completed. As you are now asking further questions, I will redirect your email to Council colleagues, for them to respond to you.

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Dear City of York Council,

Great

It was Mr Storr who ignored my letter of 6th July!!!

Yours faithfully,

Michael Hammill

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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The responses from CYC to this email appear to be evasive and raise questions about their commitment to transparency and openness.

Does anybody know what legal remedies are available when a public body goes rogue and deliberately evades reasonable questions from members of the public? At what point at the individuals involved personally liable and what civil/criminal action can be taken against them?

Long, Erin, City of York Council

Dear Michael Hammill,

 

In answer to your questions:

 

Who in the Council is project managing the report?

The Economic Development Department are project managing the report. Katie
Stewart is the project manager, with Charles Storr deputising, however the
report itself is being put together by external researchers.

 

Is this consultation still running or has the policy now been published?

Yes, it is still running but it is now more of a research project with
some stakeholders being consulted.

 

If it is not published yet, when will it be published?

Due to some avenues still being explored by the researchers, and the many
variables involved in a report of this nature we cannot give a definite
date, however to be helpful we are hoping to publish in mid-September. If
the report still needs more work it will be later than this. The report
will be published to this link/website http://www.yorkmeansbusiness.co.uk
as well as the main www.york.gov.uk site, so please check this link
regularity from mid September. If it is not published, this means it is
still undergoing work but be assured that we will be publishing it when
complete.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Erin Francis Long | Information Compliance Officer

t: 01904 554145 | e: [1][email address]

 

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Dear City of York Council,

What is going on here please?

After chasing Mrs Stewart I've just received an email from Charles Storr dated 21 October 2014 directing me to the report that I've been asking for over half a year. Its actually dated July 2014 see http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200803/touri...

Yet back in August you are denying its existence - please clarify?

Is there some reason why its been kept from me and the wider public. Please don't ignore this message, because it will only result in more messages and involve the Information Commissioner in the long run. A waste of more taxpayers money.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Hammill

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Storr, Charles, City of York Council

Dear Sir,

Further to your request, I can confirm that the report was finalised and delivered in September and once we had the opportunity to review it, it was posted on the Councils website. I can only guess that the report authors started writing the report in July but the date was never changed. I have since asked the authors to correct the mistake and issue an updated version with the correct dates and once received, I will replace it online immediately.

I trust this is acceptable and if you need anything further please feel free to come back to me.

Regards
Charles Storr

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From: Michael Hammill [mailto:[FOI #189582 email]]
Sent: 21 October 2014 19:02
To: [City of York Council request email]
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Hotel Development in the City

Dear City of York Council,

What is going on here please?

After chasing Mrs Stewart I've just received an email from Charles Storr dated 21 October 2014 directing me to the report that I've been asking for over half a year. Its actually dated July 2014 see http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200803/touri...

Yet back in August you are denying its existence - please clarify?

Is there some reason why its been kept from me and the wider public. Please don't ignore this message, because it will only result in more messages and involve the Information Commissioner in the long run. A waste of more taxpayers money.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Hammill

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David Dixon left an annotation ()

Actually put on the CYC website on 15:10 30th September 2014

https://web.archive.org/web/201410222224...

Also interesting version numbers, PDf file is called
York_Accommodation_Study_Report_v7.pdf

Created from a MS Word 2007 document called Master_York_Accommodation_Study_Report_v4.docx

Document front page states it is: 3rd Draft