Today Croydon Citizen has published by views on the Planning Inspector should reject the Local Plan (Partial Review) submitted to him for examination and on which he held public hearings last month.
I have also received from the Council’s Freedom of Information team identical letters refusing to give me the answers to fourteen questions on aspects of the Plan which I had submitted following the refusal of the lead Council officer at the Hearings to answer a range of follow-up questions, based ion what I had said at them.
The grounds are:
‘When a public authority is estimating whether the appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded, it can include the costs of complying with two or more requests if the conditions laid out in regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations can be satisfied. Those conditions require the requests to be:
- Made by one person, or by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign;
- Made for the same or similar information; and
- Received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive working days.’
‘In addition to this the 4 EIRs that you have submitted have are deemed to be manifestly unreasonable.’
I have informed the Inspector’s Programme Officer.
Can the two Parties agree on further modifications?
Shortly after the end of the Hearings I wrote to all Councillors suggesting that it was in their cross-party interests to meet to discuss what further modifications to the Plan should be submitted by the Council.
I doubt this is a happening because I received a negative reply from the Planning Chair, Paul Scott.
Freedom of Information Requests Rejected by Croydon Council
The topics of the requests are:
Council Proposed Modifications to the Local Plan (Partial Review) Examination
Tall Buildings and Families
Water Resources and and new developments in the Croydon Opportunity Area
Croydon Population Projections
Gardens and other green spaces in the Local Plan (Partial Review)
2009 AECOM report of decentralised energy opportunities
Local Areas of Special Character & Local Heritage Areas
Local Plan and Transport inequalities
Noise problems and planning
Planning for electric and driverless cars
Further and Higher Education Needs
Care home needs
The detailed questions are in the following downloadable document: