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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0210443
  • Date: 23 March 2010
  • Public Authority: Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Summary: The complainant wrote to the Department for Communities and Local Government to request information regarding the planning application concerning the site of the former Vaux brewery in Sunderland. In response the public authority disclosed submissions presented to the Secretary of State in relation to this planning application. However, information was redacted under regulation 12(4)(e) (Internal communications) and regulation 12(5)(b) (Course of justice etc.). The Commissioner has investigated the complaint and has found that the redacted information is exempt on the basis of regulation 12(4)(e) and that the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The Commissioner also found that in its handling of the request the public authority breached regulation 11(4) (Representations and reconsideration), regulation 14(2) and regulation 14(3) (Refusal to disclose information) but requires no steps to be taken.
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