Freedom of information response

Email Request from a Planning Inspectorate Appeal

Publication date: 
Monday 19 February 2024

I request a copy of the email referred to in footnote 5 of the Planning Inspectorate Appeal Decision dated 13thOctober 2021, reference number APP/M1595/W/21/3273652 (copy attached), pertaining to the site at Former Ford Motor Company, Arisdale Avenue, South Ockendon RM15 5JT.

The footnote states that an email was sent from C. Purvis of Thurrock Borough Council dated 15 September 2021 and relates to the Council's 5 year housing land supply position.


Please see attached.

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 other 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. 

The names of officers working for the Council is personal data specific to them. It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Information can be withheld if its disclosure would be likely to breach one or more of the Principles of the Data Protection Act. There is no prior expectation on the part of team Managers (or other officers working below the level of Director) that their names and job titles / positions would be published into the wider public domain under FOI. 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 in the work place. 

Request reference:
FOI 13416