Lack of industrial land in Maghera

Ryan O'Reilly made this Freedom of Information request to Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Mid Ulster District Council,

The Council's report on the Redevelopment of the former Maghera High School Site, Maghera (May 2018) section 3.1 states "The shortage of development land is the single most important development constraint for medium/large sized companies in Mid Ulster."

A spokesperson for Council has been quote saying "A lack of industrial land in Maghera has been identified as a barrier to growth for local businesses".

Read more at: https://www.midulstermail.co.uk/news/env...

I am requesting information regarding the following:

1) Research and evidence base used by the Council to substantiate the above statements in relation to the Mid Ulster area.

2) Research and evidence base used by the Council to substantiate the above statements in relation to the Maghera area.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan O'Reilly

Mid Ulster Info, Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Ryan

Thank you for your request dated 13/08/2018 received under the Freedom of
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Yours sincerely,

 Eileen Forde 

Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Eileen Forde,

I refer you to the above request and note that a response has not been received within the statutory time limit.

The law states that FOI requests must receive a response within 20 working days. Certain circumstances may allow extra time, however, in all cases the requester must receive a written response within the standard time limit for compliance.

I am asking that you please supply the information requested, or an explanation as to why it has been delayed.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan O'Reilly

Dear Mid Ulster District Council,

Confirming our telephone conversation of today where I was advised this and other FOI requests made on 10 August had been batched for response and have been unduly delayed without receipt of response or explanation within the statutory time period. I look forward to receiving responses tomorrow or Monday 17 September as promised.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan O'Reilly

Mid Ulster Info, Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Mid Ulster District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Mid Ulster District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Lack of industrial land in Maghera'.

A response was not received within the statutory time limit.

The law states that FOI requests must receive a response within 20 working days. Certain circumstances may allow extra time, however, in all cases the requester must receive a written response within the standard time limit for compliance. No such response with explanation of the delay has been received.

During a phone conversation with Philip Moffett on Thursday 13 September I was advised this and other FOI requests made on 10 August had been batched for response and had been unduly delayed without receipt of response or explanation within the statutory time period.

I was told that I would receive responses on Friday 14 September or no later than Monday 17 September. A further phone conversation with Philip Moffett on Monday 17 September confirmed I would receive the responses by the end of the day. I was then informed that the Development Department overseeing the responses had not had time to look at them and I would not receive the information within this timeframe. No explanation for this, nor the delay during the statutory time limit, has been received.

I am asking that you please supply the information requested and conduct an internal review on the handling of this request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ryan O'Reilly

Mid Ulster Info, Mid Ulster District Council

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Philip Moffett, Mid Ulster District Council

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Dear Mr O’Reilly

 

Thank you for your information request submitted with Mid Ulster District
Council on 10/08/2018 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)
regarding information surrounding the lack of industrial land in Maghera.
I apologise on behalf of council for the delay in a response being issued
to you. 

 

Based on a review of the requested information the council has determined
that your request be handled under the Environmental Improvement
Regulations (EIR) 2004.  The council responds as detailed.

 

Q1. Research and evidence base used by the Council to substantiate the
above statements in relation to the Mid Ulster area.

The council refers you to a series of publications accessible from the
following web links and attached, where referenced:

* Mid Ulster Council Corporate Plan

[1]https://www.midulstercouncil.org/getmedi...

* Mid Ulster Community Plan

[2]https://www.midulstercouncil.org/getmedi...

* Our Plan for Growth - Mid Ulster Local Economic Development Report and
Action Plan  (see attached copy)

 

* Our Plan for Growth (Executive Summary Brochure)

[3]https://www.midulstercouncil.org/getmedi...

 

 

* Magherafelt Area Plan

[4]https://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/poli...

 

* Maghera Development Framework Plan  - 
[5]https://www.midulstercouncil.org/Publica...

 

* Mid Ulster Socio-Economic Profile (attached)

 

* Maghera Village Action Plan (attached)

   

Q2. Research and evidence base used by the Council to substantiate the
above statements in relation to the Maghera area.

 

The council refers you to its response to Q1 but refers you specifically
to 

 

* Magherafelt Area Plan

[6]https://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/poli...

 

* Maghera Development Framework Plan  - 
[7]https://www.midulstercouncil.org/Publica...

* Maghera Village Action Plan (attached)

 

I hope this is of assistance. However, under the Freedom of Information
Act, if you are not happy with the way in which your request has been
handled, you have the right to ask for an internal review. An internal
review should be requested within 2 months of the date of this response
and should be sent to:

 

Chief Executive
Mid Ulster District Council
Dungannon Office
Circular Road
DUNGANNON BT71 6DT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you can
ask the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether the Council
has complied with its responsibilities under the Act. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (Northern Ireland)
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place
BELFAST BT7 2JB

 

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Regards
Philip

 

Philip Moffett
Head of Democratic Services
Mid-Ulster District Council
T: 03000 132 132

 

 

From: Ryan O'Reilly <[FOI #509279 email]>
Sent: 18 September 2018 08:45
To: Mid Ulster Info <[Mid Ulster District Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Lack of
industrial land in Maghera

 

Dear Mid Ulster District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Mid Ulster District
Council's handling of my FOI request 'Lack of industrial land in Maghera'.

A response was not received within the statutory time limit.

The law states that FOI requests must receive a response within 20 working
days. Certain circumstances may allow extra time, however, in all cases
the requester must receive a written response within the standard time
limit for compliance. No such response with explanation of the delay has
been received.

During a phone conversation with Philip Moffett on Thursday 13 September I
was advised this and other FOI requests made on 10 August had been batched
for response and had been unduly delayed without receipt of response or
explanation within the statutory time period.

I was told that I would receive responses on Friday 14 September or no
later than Monday 17 September. A further phone conversation with Philip
Moffett on Monday 17 September confirmed I would receive the responses by
the end of the day. I was then informed that the Development Department
overseeing the responses had not had time to look at them and I would not
receive the information within this timeframe. No explanation for this,
nor the delay during the statutory time limit, has been received.

I am asking that you please supply the information requested and conduct
an internal review on the handling of this request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ryan O'Reilly

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