FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

16 October 2020

I  would draw your attention to a recent article in The Guardian.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/aug/23/revealed-councils-accept-payments-from-developers-to-fund-planning-guidelines

 

Apropos this article, I wish to request the following information regarding East Herts District Council:

 

1. Has East Herts District Council accepted any payments from Developers or any Private Company or Organisation, e.g. King and Co  with regard to the formulation of planning guidelines, specifically the formulation of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) or Sustainability Development Plans?

 

2.  If so please provide a list of those Companies /Organisations who have made payments to EHDC in respect of this and the amounts accepted.

 

3.  If so please provide the dates that EHDC accepted payments from any and each of the Companies/Organisations.

 

Given that all English Councils have  previously responded to the Guardian’s FOI requests, I know this request is both reasonable and deliverable.

 



East Herts Council Response

26 October 2020

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

1. Has East Herts District Council accepted any payments from Developers or any Private Company or Organisation, e.g. King and Co  with regard to the formulation of planning guidelines, specifically the formulation of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) or Sustainability Development Plans?

No

2.  If so please provide a list of those Companies /Organisations who have made payments to EHDC in respect of this and the amounts accepted.

n/a

3.  If so please provide the dates that EHDC accepted payments from any and each of the Companies/Organisations.

n/a

 

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.