FOI Request Review of Town and Country Planning (2)
Review of FOI 101001407580 Town and Country Planning
I made an FOI request recently for information pertaining to the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 and Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, I attach a copy of the request. This request has been made twice a year for several years and we have always received a response which confirmed if any such orders had been made.
This time I was informed that the information is exempt under section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 as it is otherwise accessible by obtaining a Council PEC for a fee.
Can I ask what has happened in the last six months that has changed the Councils position?
Following your request for a review of our response to the FOI you submitted, 101001407580, a review meeting was held at the council offices on April 10th 2017. In attendance were the Records and Heritage Manager, Senior Solicitor and Information Co-ordinator.
It was agreed that the Council’s original decision is upheld; the information withheld in response to your original request is exempt under section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; Information otherwise available. The information requested can be accessed through the Moray Council website in the form of a PEC available at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_40158.html
Further to this, your question regarding the change in the Council’s position was discussed. This FOI was handled by the same department but a different member of staff, who highlighted to the FOI team that the information is already available elsewhere. Therefore the appropriate exemption was applied and relevant website link given.