FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

01 April 2019

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding businesses applying to change the usage of retail spaces in under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) order of 1987. The request specifically applies to Class A, covering shops and other retail premises such as restaurants and bank branches.

 

The questions are as follows:

 

Q1. How many applications were made to your council under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order of 1987 to alter the usage of retail outlets to each of the following classes in the following timeframes?

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

 

Q2. What was the total number of applications made under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order of 1987 rejected by your council in the following timeframes?

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

 

Q3. How much income was generated by applications under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order of 1987 to alter the usage of retail outlets in the following timeframes?

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018


East Herts Council Response

02 April 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

01 May 2019

After consideration of your request I am writing to you to advise that the Council are not obliged to supply the information you have requested.

 

The Council has decided that the cost to locate, retrieve and extract the information you requested exceeds the appropriate limit as laid down in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. 

In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 this document acts as a Refusal Notice.

Chang of use information is not recorded in a way where an automated search can be performed. To locate this information would require a manual search of records which would be in excess of the 18 hours defined in the act.

If you have a query 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 0303 123 1113 

www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

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 wish to discuss submitting an information request in the future then please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely