Housing targets, their derivation and authority to commit

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Worth Parish Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Worth Parish Council,

The MSDC Report to Full Council in June 2012 on the Revised Draft District Plan (http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/media/120627..., paras 25 and 26) states an approximate scale of development of up to 500 houses in Worth Parish over and above current commitments.

I am writing to request details of discussions held, copies of correspondence with MSDC on the matter and the consequent authority by which this statement was made. Specifically

Copies of agendas and calling notices
Associated publicity notices
Correspondence on any consultations held
Minutes and notes of associated meetings and consultations, in particular the minutes of the meeting by which MSDC were subsequently advised of this target
Correspondence on the matter with MSDC and their officers
Maps of sites considered in suggesting this target
Minutes of discussions and meetings re Neighbourhood Planning

Yours faithfully,

A.M.Brooks

Dear Worth Parish Council,

Re my FOI request "Housing targets, their derivation and authority to commit."

May I remind you by law, Worth Parish Council should normally have responded promptly and by 12 October 2012.

I understand that a sub-committee met to discuss this on the morning of 8th October. Despite my obvious interest, I was not notified of this until after the event and incorrectly told that sub-committee meetings were not open to the public (see SO. 25 PUBLIC AND PRESS of Worth Standing Orders).

Notes and minutes of that sub-committee meeting were separately requested on 9th October. I have yet to receive an acknowledgement, though I did receive a read receipt. Please expedite.

Yours faithfully,

A.M.Brooks

Worth Parish Council

Mr. Brooks

I should be able to send you a copy of the Sub-Committee's minutes tomorrow.

As to a response by the 12th October that is debatable, I think, and depends on how you calculate twenty days.

As to the attendance of the Public at Sub-Committee meetings, you are right, course, and please accept my apologies.

K Wall

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Dear Worth Parish Council,

Thank you for your response. I look forward to receiving the minutes and await the detailed answers.

The Freedom of Information Act says:
"A public authority must comply with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt."

The request was submitted on Sunday 16th September, making the required response date 12th October. Certain allowances may be made. However, waiting 11 working days before discussing the matter at Council and then a further 5 working days before a sub-committee is convened to discuss the issues raised is not acceptable. Neither is proposing to delay release of any information for a further 15 working days over and above the recommendation of the sub-committee.

Please confirm that you are actively working to collate the information requested such that it may be immediately released on the authority of the full council.

Yours sincerely,

A.M.Brooks

Dear Worth Parish Council,

Your response to my request is long overdue. By law, under ALL circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

Please respond in full before Friday 16th November.

Yours sincerely,

A.M.Brooks

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