Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,

With reference to Planning Application number P/2017/0920/FUL (planning portal 12.1.18 – Miss Fiona Soutar’s comment)

“Strategic Aspirations for a Link Road

As referenced within the comments provided by the Planning Policy Team, the Council has strategic aspirations for a new link road between Haydock Lane and Liverpool Road. The most likely location for this link road is through the south west corner of the site, although this may necessitate the relocation / adjustment to the pond illustrated in the site masterplan. The proposed development should not prejudice the delivery of this aspiration.”

Could you please provide

1. St Helens Planning Policy team comments in relation to the application.

2. Details of any phone calls, emails, or meetings between the applicant, or any other affected landowner, and the Council, relating to the potential development of a new link road.

3. Details of any plans or reports the Council has received or produced in relation to the potential alignment or route of a new link road.

4. A copy of the latest proposed masterplan for the site.

Yours faithfully,

WHill

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear W Hill

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20180329-00161-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

If the information you are requesting falls under EIR (see [1]here for
more details) then a charge may be applicable in line with [2]guidance
from the Information Commissioner's Office. Once your request has been
reviewed you will be informed of an appropriate charge that may be
applied.

In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request or receipt
of an applicable payment.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
29/03/2018 12:39:50 GDT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - Planning Application Number
P/2017/0920/FUL

Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, With reference to Planning
Application number P/2017/0920/FUL (planning portal 12.1.18 b . Miss Fiona
Soutarb .s comment) b .Strategic Aspirations for a Link Road As referenced
within the comments provided by the Planning Policy Team, the Council has
strategic aspirations for a new link road between Haydock Lane and
Liverpool Road. The most likely location for this link road is through the
south west corner of the site, although this may necessitate the
relocation / adjustment to the pond illustrated in the site masterplan.
The proposed development should not prejudice the delivery of this
aspiration.b . Could you please provide 1. St Helens Planning Policy team
comments in relation to the application. 2. Details of any phone calls,
emails, or meetings between the applicant, or any other affected
landowner, and the Council, relating to the potential development of a new
link road. 3. Details of any plans or reports the Council has received or
produced in relation to the potential alignment or route of a new link
road. 4. A copy of the latest proposed masterplan for the site. Yours
faithfully, WHill
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Dear St.Helens Council,

With relation to the FOI does the whole of the request fall under the Environmental Information Regulations, or are elements of the request exempt from the charges? If the latter, please provide the information in the interim. TIA

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hill

Dear St.Helens Council,

It is appreciated that there is a charge for this information, and maybe I was not specific in my previous email, could you please advise under section 45 of the Code of Practice whether there is any information which maybe of interest to this request which is available without charge? Please Advise.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hill

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Dear W Hill

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20180417-00051-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

If the information you are requesting falls under EIR (see [1]here for
more details) then a charge may be applicable in line with [2]guidance
from the Information Commissioner's Office. Once your request has been
reviewed you will be informed of an appropriate charge that may be
applied.

In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request or receipt
of an applicable payment.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

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Subject:Re: St.Helens Council Freedom Of Information Request ref:
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Dear St.Helens Council, It is appreciated that there is a charge for this
information, and maybe I was not specific in my previous email, could you
please advise under section 45 of the Code of Practice whether there is
any information which maybe of interest to this request which is available
without charge? Please Advise. Yours sincerely, Wendy Hill -----Original
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Dear Ms Hill,

 

Further to your responses of the 3rd and 17th April, I can comment as
follows.

 

I can confirm that the whole request falls under EIR.

 

The guidance you refer to relates to Freedom of Information and not EIR.
It is not therefore relevant in relation to a fee charged in relation to
your request. The relevant guidance for EIR requests is as follows:?

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To clarify, the guidance you refer to does state that "33 - The code does
not require a public authority to assist applicants in describing the
information more clearly if it can deal with the request as it has been
presented.". The Council is able to deal with the request, but there is a
charge.

 

I hope this clarifies the Council's position.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Melanie Hale

Service Manager - Development

 

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

It is unusual for a council try to charge for information in circumstances like this.

The charge may be permitted if they consider the charges to be reasonable:

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Someone might want to look into when the charges were approved by councillors, by searching meeting minutes, and if required making a Freedom of Information request.

People might want to ask local councillors in St Helens about their policy.

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