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Reference: 2024-373/ WE09531
Date of initial response: 23rd February 2024



I am writing to make a formal Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding the decision to demolish the police station located in the centre of Redditch.

To the best of my knowledge, there was no public consultation conducted on this matter, and I have been unsuccessful in locating any information pertaining to the decision-making process regarding the demolition and relocation of the police station.

Specifically, I am requesting the following information:

  1. Details regarding the individual or entity responsible for making the decision to demolish the
    police station and relocate it.
  2. Copies of any reports, documents, or surveys that were conducted on the building leading to
    the conclusion that demolition was necessary.
  3. Any other pertinent information related to the decision-making process.


Having considered your request for information, and as previously informed in correspondence dated the 6th February 2024, there are numerous reports relating to the demolition of the site are available in the public domain, either on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’ website or via Redditch Borough Council as the relevant planning authority. This being the case, the decision has been made to invoke Sections “21 Information accessible to applicant by other means (1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information, and Section 12 Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit, section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit”.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

West Mercia OPCC

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write to the Information Compliance Unit; Information Compliance Unit, PO Box 55, Worcester, WR3 8SP. Email: [email protected]

Response Reviews

If you think that the Police and Crime Commissioner has failed to supply information in accordance with the publication scheme, then you should write in the first instance, to the:

Chief Executive, OPCC – West Mercia, Hindlip Hall, Worcester. WR3 8SP

The PCC will aim to deal with your complaint within 10 working days. If you are dissatisfied with the response you can ask for the matter to be internally reviewed. Internal reviews will be completed promptly and a response given to you within 20 working days of your further

If, after the internal review, you remain dissatisfied, then you can complain to the Information Commissioner (Office of the Information Commissioner), Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.