Planning ref 14/03210/F: Erection of circa 11MWe bioenergy facility

Jim Acland made this Freedom of Information request to Bristol City Council

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Dear Bristol City Council,

The above planning application is to be decided by officers under delegated powers.

1. Please can you provide me with any information held in any form by Bristol City Council as to why this application can be considered under delegated powers.

2. Please can you provide me with any information held in any form by Bristol City Council and provided to the chair of the relevant planning committee, Cllr Alex Woodman, by city council officers as to why this application can be considered under delegated powers.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Acland

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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Dear Mr Acland,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

Freedom of Information request - Planning ref 14/03210/F: Erection of
circa 11MWe bioenergy facility
The above planning application is to be decided by officers under
delegated powers.
1. Please can you provide me with any information held in any form by
Bristol City Council as to why this application can be considered under
delegated powers.
2. Please can you provide me with any information held in any form by
Bristol City Council and provided to the chair of the relevant planning
committee, Cllr Alex Woodman, by city council officers as to why this
application can be considered under delegated powers.

 

This application is being determined at committee level on 5^th November
2014 rather than under delegated powers. As the information is not held,
we are therefore unable to have that information communicated to you.
The application details are available via the council’s Planning online
facility
[1]http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/onl...
. The details of the committee meeting will be available a week before the
committee meeting via
[2]https://www.bristol.gov.uk/CommitteeMeet...

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Dear Steve Knight,

Than you for your response. However, until Monday 20 October the application was scheduled to be determined under delegated powers.

It therefore follows that an opinion must have been formed on that basis.

Moreover, the Chair of Planning Committee 'A' said on Twitter at 8:23 PM - 18 Oct 2014 "I offered my opinions on whether it goes to committee" (https://twitter.com/CllrAlexWoodman/stat...)

Clearly information and an opinion was provided by officers to the chair of the committee regarding determining this application under delegated powers.

It is this information I wish to see.

Please treat this as a request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Acland

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

Dear Mr Acland

 

Thank you for your request for a review (as shown below) of the Freedom of
information response you  have received

 

Than you for your response. However, until Monday 20 October the
application was scheduled to be determined under delegated powers.

It therefore follows that an opinion must have been formed on that basis.

Moreover, the Chair of Planning Committee 'A' said on Twitter at 8:23 PM -
18 Oct 2014 "I offered my opinions on whether it goes to committee"
([1]https://twitter.com/CllrAlexWoodman/stat...)

Clearly information and an opinion was provided by officers to the chair
of the committee regarding determining this application under delegated
powers.

It is this information I wish to see.

Please treat this as a request for an internal review.

 

With regards to the detail of your request, to summarise the application
went to the Agenda Briefing on Monday 6^th  October (for Oct 22^nd
Committee)  and at that point in time there were no objections received to
the application proposals. Whilst a Major development within Avonmouth,
given the lack of any objections, officers considered that this item could
be dealt with under delegated authority. A discussion was had with the
Chair (Cllr Woodman) and Cllr Telford to this effect; this was not based
on any written report, it was a discussion with regard to process based on
a brief outline of the proposals given by the officer. It is not usual for
written record to be made of a discussion of this nature and none was made
in this instance.

 

A few weeks later the planning team received over a period of a few days
only, including a weekend, a number of objections (around 40 at that point
in time). In light of the objections, it was considered inappropriate to
deal with the matter under delegated powers and that it should instead be
considered at committee. This was conveyed to the Planning Service
Manager, who agreed. The Oct 22^nd committee had by then been cancelled
and as such it was heard at the Nov 5^th Committee.

 

We apologise that the above information was not provided in the first
instance, but hopefully it makes clear why there is no information to be
considered for disclosure in relation to your original request.

 

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The FOI Team

 

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