FOI request detail

White Hart Lane Station

Request ID: FOI-3600-1819
Date published: 14 June 2019

You asked

In relation to the potential changing of the name of White Hart Lane Station: 1. Can you provide the third-party report which valued the changing of White Hart Lane station for a 10-year period at £11.7m and implementation costs of £3m? 2. Can you provide the full advice from TFL to the Mayor that stated there would need to be a public consultation in order for this to go ahead?

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-3600-1819

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 18 March 2019 asking for information about the proposed renaming of White Hart Lane Station.

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. You asked:

1. Can you provide the third-party report which valued the changing of White Hart Lane station for a 10-year period at £11.7m and implementation costs of £3m?

Please see the attached Valuation Report.

2. Can you provide the full advice from TFL to the Mayor that stated there would need to be a public consultation in order for this to go ahead?

Please see the attached Briefing Note that went to the Mayor’s Office. The Briefing Note states that formal public consultation on entering the partnership was not required, as TfL does not ordinarily consult on the premise of entering into specific commercial partnerships. Throughout TfL has been clear that any long-term partnership would be subject to extensive engagement with the local community. We do not hold a Briefing Note or any other recorded information that states we would need to have a formal public consultation on this partnership.

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply some of the information contained in the attached documents as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 43(2). In this instance the section 43(2) exemption has been applied as disclosure would be likely to prejudice our commercial interests, as well as those of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC).

Detailed financial information has been redacted from the Valuation Report as prejudice would be likely to occur should we go out to tender for a similar partnership in the future, because it would be likely to result in a clustering of offers based on these valuations. Disclosing this information could also be prejudicial to THFC ability to compete for future partnerships/sponsorships with other companies in the future, as their competitive edge would inevitably be prejudiced by disclosure of a detailed breakdown of these valuations. Some of the information is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 41 of the FOI Act because the information was provided to us on the basis of an understanding that it would be held in confidence and therefore it possesses the necessary quality of confidence to justify exemption. This exemption is an absolute exemption, which is not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest favours application of the exemption.

In addition, some information within the September 2018 Briefing Note has also been redacted under section 43(2) as an agreement has not yet been reached. The terms of the partnership are still subject to negotiation, disclosure would therefore be likely to prejudice our ability to obtain best value from these negotiations.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities but in this instance the public interest in ensuring that we are able to obtain the best value for public money outweighs the general public interest in increasing transparency of our processes.

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.

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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