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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0152607
  • Date: 8 October 2008
  • Public Authority: Belfast Improved Housing Association
  • Summary: The complainant made a request to Belfast Improved Housing Association (“BIH”) under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“EIR”) on 31 May 2006 for access to all documents held and produced by BIH in relation to the development of sites at Crumlin Road Methodist Church and 237-247 Tennent Street. BIH did not provide the information as it stated that Housing Associations were not public authorities for the purposes of the EIR. The Commissioner finds that BIH is a public authority within the meaning of Regulation 2(2)(c) and 2(2)(d)(i) of the EIR. This Decision Notice requires BIH to either provide the complainant with the requested information or to issue a formal refusal notice, stating which exceptions (if any) under the EIR it believes to be applicable.
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