FOI request detail

Cockfosters Development Consultation Results

Request ID: FOI-2018-2021
Date published: 05 February 2021

You asked

Follow-up to FOI-0999-2021 Please can you supply the first number on the second section of the postcode e.g. EN1 1, EN2 1, EN4 9 (only the last two parts of a postcode denote the actual road/groups of houses (e.g. the 9 in the last example denotes a whole area, East Barnet). So if possible, please supply this. Could you also supply the analysis that TfL undertook using these two datasets (Arnos Grove and Cockfosters) which relates to proximity to a station or bus stop please?

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-2018-2021

Thank you for your request received on 8 January 2021 asking for information about the Cockfosters and Arnos Grove analysis.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

Please find the requested postcode data attached. In accordance with our obligations under Data Protection legislation we have excluded any postcodes which do not feature more than twice, as required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. It is not possible to provide the postcodes in a more granular level because of the variety of the results which means there is a greater risk of identification.

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 exemption 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.

Please note that ‘non-answers’ refer to responses where respondents refused to put a postcode or the answer given was not a postcode, e.g. the name of a local area.

The analysis that relates to the proximity to a station or bus stop for Arnos Grove is published on pg102 of the committee report published on the London Borough of Enfield’s website:

In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply the information you have requested for Cockfosters as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information, under Section 22 of the Act.

In this instance the exemption has been applied as the information you have requested is intended for future publication. We will publish similar analysis for Cockfosters alongside our planning application later this year.

This exemption is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to assess whether the public interest in applying the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In this instance, it is considered that the public interest favours the publication of this information, in context and according to the pre-determined schedule, rather than in response to your request, to ensure the information is provided accurately and in an accessible manner.

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Yours sincerely

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

[email protected]


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