Sunday, 27 December 2009

Freedom of Information Response 2

Doncaster Council

Regeneration Department, Blue Building, 38 – 40 High Street, Doncaster DN1 1DE

Contact: Trish Wood

Tel: (01302) 736916

Fax: (01302) 737362



Date: 23rd December 2009

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 1st December 2009 for

information about the Earth Centre. Please find below Doncaster Council’s response to the questions you have raised.

1. Most recent details of any quarry expansion plans in the Borough of Doncaster

Notice under Section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - REFUSAL TO


The council has decided to refuse to disclose the information you have asked for under

Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This law allows us to refuse to disclose information through the Freedom of Information

Act process which is “reasonably accessible through another route”. This is called an


Why does the exemption apply in this case?

All information regarding Planning applications for quarry expansions and the

Development Plan (the Doncaster Unitary Development Plan), which contains policies

on quarries within the Minerals chapter and within Appendix 12, are within the public

domain. For your information, you can find information regarding planning applications

on the Council’s Public Access for Planning web page. You can see details of current

applications, monitor the progress of applications, submit comments on current

planning applications and search a constantly updated list of applications received and

decisions issued each week.

From 1st September 2009, you can view all documents and plans accompanying

planning applications and decision notices issued by using the View Associated

Documents tab.

Please use the link below to view details of applications:-

Doncaster Council

Regeneration Department, Blue Building, 38 – 40 High Street, Doncaster DN1 1DE

Please use the link below to view Decision Notices issued before 1st September 2009:-



In addition, planning applications from 1979 to 2003 can be viewed on microfiche, To

make an appointment, please telephone TSI Local Searches on 01302 734864/734940

or email

Application case files from 2004 to 1st September 2009 are available to view in paper

form at the offices of Development and Planning at the address at the bottom of this

letter. To make an appointment to view paper files, please telephone 01302 734859.

You can also find information regarding the Doncaster UDP on the Council's website.

Please use the link below to view the UDP:-


The Doncaster Local Development Framework will also contain policies regarding

quarries. The documents that have been published to date can be viewed on the

Council's website. Please use the link below to view the LDF pages:-


2. Details of Earth Centre Ownership

Doncaster Council is the freehold owner of the land.

3. Details of DMBC agreements to maintain the Earth Centre for educational purposes

There are no agreements.

4. Details of all documents held by DMBC with regard to the Earth Centre

To answer this question properly, the Council would require more specific details of

what type of documents you are referring to. If you would like to submit a further FOI

request with specific details of the documents you require, we will consider your request


Reviewing any decisions made:

You can ask us to review any decisions made about your request. You do this by writing


Freedom of Information Officer

Council House

Floor 2

College Road



Doncaster Council

Regeneration Department, Blue Building, 38 – 40 High Street, Doncaster DN1 1DE


You can apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision about our compliance or

otherwise with the Freedom of Information legislation. Please contact the Commissioner

for details on how to do this – Telephone: 01625 545700, Address: Information

Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Website:

Yours sincerely

Trish Wood

FOI Lead Officer

Regeneration Department

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