Dear Hart District Council,

The consultation on the draft Local Plan completed on 9 June 2017. The pro-forma response form said:

"All valid comments (electronic or written) and the name(s) of the respondent will be made publically (sic) available. Personal contact details will remain confidential."

In answer to a question made at the council meeting held on 29 June asking when the consultation comments would be made public, the answer was:

"We hope to be able to publish this information in the next couple of months"

One of Hart's own Code of Corporate Governance principles calls for "Ensuring openness and comprehensive stakeholder engagement". More than four months have now elapsed since the close of the consultation, so can you now please immediately publish the consultation comments.

Yours faithfully,

David Turver

FOI User, Hart District Council

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Daryl Phillips, Hart District Council

Dear Mr Turver
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) give rights of public access to recorded information held by
public authorities. The regimes are, however, distinct from each other and
a public authority must decide under which piece of legislation a request
should properly be considered. The EIR derived from EU law and exclusively
covers environmental information. FOIA, on the other hand, covers most
other types of official records held by public authorities.
In my view, your request should be considered under the EIR, as it is a
request for information about consultation responses that the council
intends to use as part of its Local Plan evidence base. These matters
would affect the environment and falls under regulation 2(1)(c) of the
“Measures (including administrative measures), such as policies,
legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements, and activities
affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in (a)
and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those
Regulation 5 of the EIR
Regulation 5(1) of the EIR requires a public authority to make available
environmental information on request, subject to exceptions in regulation
12 of the EIR.
I confirm that the Council holds the information that you seek and it has
published the information
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Daryl Phillips
Joint Chief Executive
Hart District Council
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