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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0220492
  • Date: 26 April 2010
  • Public Authority: London Borough of Sutton
  • Summary: The complainant requested information concerning a planning application made by a person who had purchased the complainant’s property. The London Borough of Sutton (“the Council”) provided all of the information held apart from its correspondence with the complainant which was not required and some redacted information from emails of objection received. It stated that the redacted information from the emails was excepted under regulation 12(5)(f) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“the EIR”) and that the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information. The complainant alleged that not all of the information held had been provided and complained that the Council had incorrectly withheld information. The Information Commissioner (“the Commissioner”) decided that it was appropriate to consider the withheld information under regulation 13(1) because it was personal data. The Commissioner decided that the Council incorrectly withheld the names and residential addresses of the objectors but that regulation 13(1) was engaged in respect of the email addresses of the objectors. He found breaches of regulation 5(1), 5(2), 9(1), 14(2), 14(3)(b) and 14(5) of the EIR.
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