The complainant requested information held by Woking Borough Council (the council) that relates to the redevelopment of Victoria Square. The council refused to provide some information, citing the exception for commercial confidentiality (regulation 12(5)(e)) under the EIR. The Commissioner’s decision is that regulation 12(5)(e) has been correctly applied to only some of the information but where the exception is engaged, the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The Commissioner requires the council to disclose the Ernst & Young financial model document and the ‘Victoria Square Financial Implications’ presentation slides provided to Members before a briefing held on 2 November 2016.
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