Freedom of information response

Principal Planning Officers

Publication date: 
Thursday 15 August 2019
Request: 

1. Confirm the number of applications received and percentage of invalid applications for each 4 month period for the last 5 years so that we can compare the percentage of applications invalidated previously to the current regime.

2. Confirm how many jobs have been checked by each of the principal planning officers or above (LN, JK, NH, TS, etc.) for the last year.

3. Confirm how many jobs have been signed off by each of the principal planning officers or above (LN, JK, NH, TS, etc.) for the last year.

4. Confirm the % of refused jobs in respect of each of the principal planning officer or above (LN, JK, NH, TS, etc.) where they were checking and signing off the job for the last year.

Response: 

1. Please see below:

2018 = 69% (95/137)

2017 = 62.5% (80/128)

2016 = 51% (54/105)

2015 = 20% (10/67)

2014 = 28% (21/76)

The figures show than at an increasing number of applications are being submitted by Agents. As a percentage, an increasing number of these applications are found to be invalid when first registered.

2. This information is not recorded

3. Unfortunately we are unable to provide in full the information you have requested.  We do hold the information but an absolute exemption applies. Personal Information (Section 40,2)

Personal data of any person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach one of the data protection principles.  This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test.  It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act (2018).  There is no prior expectation on the part of individuals employees that the their performance on a specific task would be published into the wider public domain under the FOI legislation.  A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large.  We believe that to disclose this would be likely to breach the first Principle of the Data Protection Act by unfairly contravening their right to privacy and confidentiality.

4. Please see response to Question 3 above.

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Request reference:
FOI 9276