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Freedom of Information Request

pre-application

Received: 21 July 2021

Fairview Homes/One Housing held one or more pre-application meetings with Barnet Council Planning Officers regarding the Victoria Quarter development in Albert Road, New Barnet, EN4 9SH between September 2020 and June 2021. Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you provide me with copies of the minutes of those meetings and copies of the guidance provided by the planning officers to Fairview Homes/One Housing regarding this specific development including, but not limited to, the density, height and proposed mix of dwelling sizes (number of bedrooms).

I would note that The Local Government Association guidance in its Pre-Application Suite https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/pre-application-suite-3e1.pdf page 10, makes it clear that 'Once an application is submitted the expectation is that the pre-application advice will come into the public arena.' Previous ICO decisions have also made the clear distinction between requests for disclosure of pre-application advice made before a formal application has been made and after a formal application has been submitted. They have also noted that withholding the pre-application advice until after the application has been decided, is not in line with LGA guidance. I have not asked for any information which is personal data or commercially sensitive.

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