FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

14 April 2020

In your Local Authority,

 

1. Is "Separation Distances between buildings" the only method used as a guide to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning applications for proposed residential developments?

 

2. If the answer to question 1 is no, what other methods are used to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning application for proposed residential developments?

 

For question 1, can you provided me with a "Yes" or "No".

For question 2, can you provide me with just a list of the methods.

 

If there are no established guidelines on how visual privacy is accessed, can you also include that in your response.



East Herts Council Response

14 April 2020

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.

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Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

23 April 2020

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

1. Is "Separation Distances between buildings" the only method used as a guide to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning applications for proposed residential developments?

 No

2. If the answer to question 1 is no, what other methods are used to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning application for proposed residential developments?

 There are is no set guidance on the East Herts District Plan 2018 or Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) the consideration of privacy and visual impact is a matter of professional judgement and would include the consideration of separation distance, building and fenestration relationships, scale and orientation.

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 0303 123 1113

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.