FOI request detail

Kingston - Strategic Environmental Assessment

Request ID: FOI-0701-2021
Date published: 19 August 2020

You asked

Follow-on from FOI-3816-1920 I would like to see the reply that Tfl received from Kingston Council outlining the governance arrangements in place and that they followed for the approval of the LIP3 and its accompanying SEA before they sent it to TfL on 1st July 2019. You have not sent this information to me. Please send any follow up emails and any emails or other information relating to TfL's request to know the governance arrangements for the approval of the LIP3 and SEA in Kingston. === Please can you send information that shows that TfL was satisfied with the process that Kingston Council says it was going to follow for approval of the SEA and LIP3 as outlined by Ian Price below with the SEA and changes to the LIP3 being approved by the "Lead Member". Please can you also send information that shows that TfL considered that the process undertaken by Kingston Council met the statutory requirements for undertaking an SEA and incorporating its findings in to a final LIP? "On Mon, 17 Jun 2019 at 16:36, [email protected]> wrote: Dear all, Can I just clarify the current status of the SEA consultation and the timetable. The SEA consultation went live the first week of June, and is running until 28 June. We are dealing with questions as they come in, and will have our Lead Member lined up to sign off the document over the weekend, as soon as the consultation closes. We will then send the SEA and any minor tweaks to the LIP3, should they be required. regards Ian"

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-0701-2021

Thank you for your request received on 28 July 2020 asking for information about the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

In our response to FOI-3816-1920 (6 May 2020) we provided all the correspondence we had with the Borough in relation to their LIP and SEA. We are not required to approve their internal governance arrangements for their LIP and SEA. When boroughs send us their approved statutory documents we assume they have secured all necessary internal consents politically. The attached document is the email chain in point with Ian Price’s email at the bottom. We did not reply specifically to that email but did to his further email sent 15 minutes later at 16:51 on 17 June 2019.

In accordance with our obligations under Data Protection legislation some personal data has been removed, as required by regulation 13 of the EIR. This is because disclosure of this personal data would be a breach of the legislation, specifically the first principle of Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation which requires all processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions which would make the processing ‘fair’.

This exception to the right of access to information is an absolute exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest favours use of the exemption.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

The impact of current circumstances on TfL’s resources means we are not able to answer FOI requests readily and we ask that you please do not make a request to us at present.
Answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. In any event, please note that our response time will be affected by the current situation.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]


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