FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

11 February 2019

I would like to register a Freedom of Information request with the relevant department regarding planning applications for “Build to Rent” properties and schemes.

The request refers to planning applications both “Under Review” and “Approved” where the property is intended to be used as a Build to Rent Development or Complex [1].


[1] Build to Rent: A distinct subset of the Private Rental Sector, by where properties are granted approval under a restrictive covenants permitting their usage solely as a rental property.


If you could provide the below details, within a single clear Excel Spreadsheet I would be grateful.


Full Planning Reference Number

Full Address

Number of Stories

Applicant Name

Proposal Description

Affordable Housing Allocation (Both in percentage of total residential dwellings and quantity of dwellings)

Commercial Land Usage (Total square footage of proposals’ commercial space)


East Herts Council Response

12 February 2019

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

20 February 2019

Your request for information has now been researched, however the Council does not hold the information you have requested.

We do not hold this information.  When submitting an application for residential development, the applicant is not required to specify if it is intended to be built for rent.


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

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone 0303 123 1113

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

I apologise that your request cannot be met and should you have any further queries or information needs in the future then please contact me.