Primary school planning decisions

Ann Vidgeon made this Freedom of Information request to Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Hertfordshire County Council,

West Hertfordshire Community Free Schools Trust, a partnership between HCC and others, have pre-planning approval for the establishment of 3 primary schools at -

Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead
Ascot Road, Watford
Hempstead Road, Watford

Will you please advise what planning process was used by HCC to determine demand for the above schools.

Please also provide all details (letters/emails/meeting notes etc.) about the site search for theses schools and the assessment of those sites, including the impact:-

- Of extra traffic on the local road network.
- On local residents.
- Safety in regard to routes taken by pupils to attend.

Please provide a copy of the Pro Forma "The Four Tests" used by HCC in determining school developments i.e.

1. Does it provide the right number of places in the right location?
2. Does it support and not undermine school effectiveness?
3. Are the implications for building, environment and cost feasible and affordable?
4. What are the transitional implications?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Ann Vidgeon

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Herts Direct,

Dear Enquirer

Your message has been received by Hertfordshire County Council
and will be dealt with as soon as possible. Our customer service
standard is to reply to you within ten working days. When we
contact you we will give you a reference number so you can track
your enquiry in case any followup is required.

Please note that if your enquiry is urgent and relates to:
• safeguarding or concerns for an adult - please call us on
0300 123 4042
• child protection or social care concerns for a child -
please call us on 0300 123 4043

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you have sent to Hertfordshire County Council
([email address]).

Regards

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Dear Ann Vidgeon,

                       

Reference number: EIR/CSF/02/14/6761

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 14th February 2014 requesting the
following information:

 

West Hertfordshire Community Free Schools Trust, a partnership between HCC
and others, have pre-planning approval for the establishment of 3 primary
schools at -

Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead
Ascot Road, Watford
Hempstead Road, Watford

Will you please advise what planning process was used by HCC to determine
demand for the above schools.

Please also provide all details (letters/emails/meeting notes etc.) about
the site search for theses schools and the assessment of those sites,
including the impact:-

- Of extra traffic on the local road network.
- On local residents.
- Safety in regard to routes taken by pupils to attend.

Please provide a copy of the Pro Forma "The Four Tests" used by HCC in
determining school developments i.e.

1. Does it provide the right number of places in the right location?
2. Does it support and not undermine school effectiveness?
3. Are the implications for building, environment and cost feasible and
affordable?
4. What are the transitional implications?

 

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  We
will respond to your request as quickly as possible, and by close of 14th
March 2014  at the latest. This replaces any deadline previously given.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number on this email.

 

 

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Dear Ann Vidgeon,

 

Further to your request. In order for us to provide you with the correct
information, please can you clarify what you mean by 'Planning Process'.
Are you referring to building planning or school planning for example?

 

Once we receive a response from you, we can begin to process your request.

 

 

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From: Carrie Harwood On Behalf Of Information Governance
Sent: 17 February 2014 16:36
To: [FOI #197501 email]
Subject: Request for Information: EIR/CSF/02/14/6761

 

Dear Ann Vidgeon,

                       

Reference number: EIR/CSF/02/14/6761

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 14th February 2014 requesting the
following information:

 

West Hertfordshire Community Free Schools Trust, a partnership between HCC
and others, have pre-planning approval for the establishment of 3 primary
schools at -

Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead
Ascot Road, Watford
Hempstead Road, Watford

Will you please advise what planning process was used by HCC to determine
demand for the above schools.

Please also provide all details (letters/emails/meeting notes etc.) about
the site search for theses schools and the assessment of those sites,
including the impact:-

- Of extra traffic on the local road network.
- On local residents.
- Safety in regard to routes taken by pupils to attend.

Please provide a copy of the Pro Forma "The Four Tests" used by HCC in
determining school developments i.e.

1. Does it provide the right number of places in the right location?
2. Does it support and not undermine school effectiveness?
3. Are the implications for building, environment and cost feasible and
affordable?
4. What are the transitional implications?

 

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  We
will respond to your request as quickly as possible, and by close of 14th
March 2014  at the latest. This replaces any deadline previously given.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number on this email.

 

 

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Dear Information Governance,

Sorry I wasn't clear. Knock out the word planning, so that it reads "what process" i.e. HOW the demands for the schools were determined. Hope that helps.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Ann Vidgeon

Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

Dear Ann Vidgeon,

Thank you for coming back to us.

Your request is being considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, and by close of 14th March 2014 at the latest. This replaces any deadline previously given.

Information Access Team
Hertfordshire County Council
Telephone: 01992 555848 (25848) 
Email: [email address]
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Dear Ann Vidgeon,

                       

Reference number: EIR/CSF/02/14/6761

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.  Owing to the quantity and complexity of the
information you have requested we will not be able to provide the
information to you by 14th March 2014, which would be within twenty
working days and therefore need to extend the deadline as indicated
below. The regulations allow for an extension under these circumstances.

 

The information you have requested includes over two hundred pages, and
much of the content requires consultation with external parties concerned
and also needs to be considered against the exceptions contained within
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, and by 11th April
2014 at the latest. This replaces any deadline previously given.

 

 

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Dear Ann Vidgeon,

 

Reference number:  EIR/CSF/02/14/6761

                                        

On 14th February 2014 we received the following request for information
from you:

 

West Hertfordshire Community Free Schools Trust, a partnership between HCC
and others, have pre-planning approval for the establishment of 3 primary
schools at -

Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead
Ascot Road, Watford
Hempstead Road, Watford

Will you please advise what planning process was used by HCC to determine
demand for the above schools.

Please also provide all details (letters/emails/meeting notes etc.) about
the site search for theses schools and the assessment of those sites,
including the impact:-

- Of extra traffic on the local road network.
- On local residents.
- Safety in regard to routes taken by pupils to attend.

Please provide a copy of the Pro Forma "The Four Tests" used by HCC in
determining school developments i.e.

1. Does it provide the right number of places in the right location?
2. Does it support and not undermine school effectiveness?
3. Are the implications for building, environment and cost feasible and
affordable?
4. What are the transitional implications?

 

And further clarification received on the 18th February as follows;

 

"what process" i.e. HOW the demands for the schools were determined. Hope
that helps.

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Environmental
Information. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does hold
some of the information you have requested, and can respond as follows:

 

Planning process:

 

Local Plans for Watford and Dacorum Borough Council have been published on
their websites and identify the need for further school places.

The Core Strategy for Dacorum Borough was formally adopted by the Council
on 25 September 2013

[1]http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/docs/default-s...

 

Please note that Jupiter Drive is a former primary school which is being
brought back into use.

The [Watford] Local Plan Core Strategy was adopted on 30 January 2013. 
This means that the Core Strategy now forms part of the development plan
and will be used in determining planning applications.  

[2]http://www.watford.gov.uk/ccm/content/pl...

Site search:

 

Site searches for the locations requested, have been published on the
local Borough Council's websites.

Dacorum

 

 

·         Ascot Road -                        Planning ref: 12/00792/OUTM
-   Watford Borough Council

 

·         Hempstead Road -             Planning ref: 13/01134/FUL -      
Watford Borough Council

[3]http://www.watford.gov.uk/ccm/navigation...

 

·         Jupiter Drive -                      Planning ref:
4/00145/14/CMA - Dacorum Borough Council

[4]http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/planning-...

 

 

 Please note that correspondence has been redacted to remove direct
contact details and personal names of third parties as the County Council
does not believe there is a public interest in the release of this
information.

 

Four Tests:

Please see attached documents Watford evaluation of options and Four tests
2013-14 Hemel East. Please note that some information has been redacted
from the latter document as the County Council believes this should be
withheld in accordance with the exception contained within Regulation
12(4)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, “the request
involves the disclosure of internal communications”.  

This exception is subject to the public interest test.

 

The factors we have considered to be in favour of disclosure are:

 

o To allow individuals to better understand decisions made by the County
Council in relation to schools planning.
o To facilitate the accountability and transparency of public
authorities for decisions taken by them.

 

The factors we have considered which are against disclosure are:

o The four tests were devised as an internal process to assess officer's
proposals.
o The purpose of document is to allow free and frank exchange of ideas
between officers before decisions are taken.
o It is an internal document

 

On balance, it is considered that it is not within the public interest to
disclose the redacted data. The four tests documented is an internal
communication and is important in allowing officers of the council a
thinking space when making decisions in relation to school places, this
allows a free and frank exchange of views before a course of action is
decided and inhibition of such exchange would be likely to impact on the
future decision making of the council. The information provided meets the
public interest in this matter.

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference above. To find out more about Freedom of Information, please
visit [5]www.hertsdirect.org/foi

 

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Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
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Yours sincerely,

 

Elaine Dunnicliffe

 

Information Access Manager

 

Information Access Manager

Information Governance Unit

Hertfordshire County Council

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County Hall,

Hertford, SG13 8DQ

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