The complainant has requested information from Sheffield City Council regarding information in relation to the cancellation of the Castlegate Conservation Area consultation. Sheffield City Council has not provided a substantive response to the complainant’s request. It is the Commissioner’s view that Sheffield City Council has beached regulations 5(2) of the Environmental Information Regulations (“the EIR”) in that it failed to provide a valid response to the request within the statutory time frame of 20 working days. It is also the Commissioner’s view that the request should have been logged and handled under the EIR as opposed to the Freedom of Information Act. The Commissioner requires Sheffield City Council to provide the complainant with a response to their request in accordance with its obligations under the EIR.
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