FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

03 October 2018

 

1.            Has the council outsourced its planning department (responsible for town and country planning)?  If so, who is responsible for providing these services?

2.            Has the council outsourced any part of its planning services (planning policy, development management, planning enforcement)? If so, who is responsible for providing these services?

3.            Please provide details of any company providing statutory planning services or service support for planning to the council. If such provision exists, how long has the company provided services to the council, how long does the contract last for and what is the value of the contract?

4.            Are planning officers responsible for delivering the council’s town and country planning responsibilities employed directly by the council? If not, who are they employed by?

5.            Is routine use of private sector consultants made to process planning applications on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?

6.            Is routine use of private sector consultants made to develop planning policy on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?

7.            Is routine use of private sector consultants made to conduct planning enforcement work on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?



East Herts Council Response

05 October 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

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, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request 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 be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

09 October 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1 - No

2 - Consultancy support has been engaged to undertake some areas of service provision as follows:

Essex Place Services (EPS): heritage advice, urban design advice, some pre-application and application determination

Aitchison Rafferty (AR): some application determination

3 - as above.  Both of these contractural arrangements are very recent - from late Sept/ early Oct 18 onwards.  The EPS contract last through to end Sept 19.  AR contract is four months.  The value of both is determined on a piecemeal basis - that is, per work completed, with the Council having control over how much work is passed to the consultant.

4 - employed directly by the Council

5 - No

6 - No

7 - No

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

 



Customer

09 October 2018

Many thanks for this response.

Ben

____________________________________________
Dr Ben Clifford
Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Government
MSc Tutor / Course Director, MSc Spatial Planning
Bartlett School of Planning

University College London (UCL)
507, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London, WC1H 0NN, UK

T: 020 3108 9524 (internal ext. 59524)
E: [email protected]
W: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning


LATEST PUBLICATIONS:

Ben Clifford (2018). 'Contemporary Challenges in Development Management', Chapter 4 in Planning Practice: Critical Perspectives from the UK. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Planning-Practice-Critical-Perspectives-from-the-UK/Ferm-Tomaney/p/book/9780815384847

Ben Clifford et al (2018). Assessing the impacts of extending permitted development rights to office-to-residential change of use in England. RICS Research Trust: http://www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/research/research-reports/assessing-the-impacts-of-extending-permitted-development-rights-to-office-to-residential-change-of-use-in-england/


From: [email protected]
Sent: 09 October 2018 09:34
To: Clifford, Ben
Subject: [F18/1199] Planning questions


Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1 - No

2 - Consultancy support has been engaged to undertake some areas of service provision as follows:

Essex Place Services (EPS): heritage advice, urban design advice, some pre-application and application determination

Aitchison Rafferty (AR): some application determination

3 - as above. Both of these contractural arrangements are very recent - from late Sept/ early Oct 18 onwards. The EPS contract last through to end Sept 19. AR contract is four months. The value of both is determined on a piecemeal basis - that is, per work completed, with the Council having control over how much work is passed to the consultant.

4 - employed directly by the Council

5 - No

6 - No

7 - No

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.



Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/



It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.



Thank you for your request.





Information Management Team
East Herts Council
www.eastherts.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1279 655261
Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

*Please note: Information released under the Freedom of Information Act may also be published on our website, along with details of the intitial request.