Croydon Council rejects Freedom of Information requests about Local Plan

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.

Local Plan letter to all Councillors

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)

Parks consultation

2009 AECOM report of decentralised energy opportunities

Local Areas of Special Character & Local Heritage Areas

Road accidents

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:

Rejected FOI questions






About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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