Businesses applying to change the usage of retail spaces (FOI-2988)
Dear ***** *****
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 1 April 2019. Your request has been considered and our response is in bold below.
You requested the following:
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?
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?
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?
The Council’s Response
The information you have requested is exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000..
Section 21 (2a) states that information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant (even if it is accessible only on payment) is exempt. In this instance, the information is available by other means and is exempt by virtue of Section 21 (2a) of the Freedom of Information. This is an absolute exemption.
In relation to the above question , I can advise that all of the above information is within the public domain and can be accessed from Council"s website. I have provided a link below. This can be searched using application Planning application number or type (Prior Approval) and status (Final Decision) you can also search the website by address and by year.
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Information Management Team - Governance
London Borough of Hackney
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