Unauthorised places of worship

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Dear Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information, for each of the five years to March 2009 (or December 2008 if more convenient) inclusive:

1. The number of unauthorised places of worship that were
identified by the council's planning department.

2. The name and location of each of the unauthorised places of worship identified, together with your case reference number.

3. The outcome in each case: whether each was subsequently
regularised; or shut; whether the case was referred to another department, authority or agency; or whichever other outcome.

Yours faithfully,

L. Lluva

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear Sir or Madam

REF: 2009/COR0821 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION- INFORMATION REQUEST

I acknowledge your request received on 15 December 2009

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Yours faithfully

Alison Ross-Dow
Senior Information Management Officer
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Information Management Team/Finance & Corporate Services
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King Street
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Director of Finance & Corporate Services: Jane West

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

FOIRequests would like to recall the message, "FOI Request 2009/COR0821".

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear Sir or Madam

REF: 2009/COR0821 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION - INFORMATION REQUEST

I acknowledge your request received on 15 December 2009

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If appropriate, the information may be provided in paper copy, normal font size, or electronically. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let me know.

For your information, the Act and the Regulations define a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

There may a fee payable for this information. This will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact me.

Further information is available from the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545 700, http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

Alison Ross-Dow
Senior Information Management Officer
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Information Management Team/Finance & Corporate Services
2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension
King Street
London W6 9JU
DL: 020 8753 2455

www.lbhf.gov.uk

Director of Finance & Corporate Services: Jane West

Renselar Julian, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear L. Lluva

Further to your request, I attach the following information.

The Council's Planning Enforcement records reveal only one case of possible unauthorised worship that has been investigated within the last 5 years (up to March 2009). This case is listed below.

Case ref: 2008/01021/COUOTH
Hurlingham And Chelsea School
Peterborough Road
London
SW6 3ED

Casenotes:
Complaint is that the school is being used as a church on Sundays and has resulted in increased traffic and double-parking. There are no conditions controlling the hours of use of the building. Lease of the building is for a community church on Sundays which can be seen as ancillary to the principal use of the premises as a school - both within the D1 use class and therefore not considered that a change of use would be required. No further action taken.

If you are dissatisfied in any way you may appeal to the Information Manager, Business Technology, 2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, London W6 9JU
Once you have exhausted this procedure you may appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545700, http://www.ico.gov.uk
Yours sincerely

Julian Renselar
Team Leader (Planning Enforcement)
Development Management
Planning Division
Environment Services Department
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Tel: 0208 753 3483
e'mail: [email address]
Website: www.lbhf.gov.uk
Nigel Pallace, Director of Environment