In many cases, the Authority is required by law to undertake consultations, so that we can be certain that we have taken a wide range of viewpoints into consideration when making decisions that will affect the public.


Where we are required to consult by law the lawful basis for the processing of your information is to comply with our statutory obligations as laid out in the Equalities Act 2010


Where we are required to consult by law and special category data is processed, the lawful basis shall be GDPR Article 9 2 (g) processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest


The substantial public interest processing conditions shall be:


Statutory and government purposes, and equality of opportunity or treatment.


The enactments or rules of law relied upon are:


Equalities Act 2010.


Where we are not required to consult by law, the lawful basis for processing shall be consent, and where special category data is processed the lawful basis shall be explicit consent. Where we rely upon consent for processing, you can withdraw your consent at any time.


If you do not give us the information we need when we ask for it, this may result in our being unable to take your views into consideration in our decision making processes.

We may collect the following types of personal data about you to deliver this service, depending on your circumstances:

Basic personal identifiers


Email address

IP address (if completing online)

Personal data you disclose to us in free-text answers to consultation questions

Equalities information

To deliver this service, we only collect personal data directly from you and do not obtain information about you from any other source.

Your information will not be transferred outside the United Kingdom

There are specific situations where we may be required to disclose information about you, such as:

  • Where the Council is required to provide the information by law:
    • Where disclosing the information is required to prevent or detect a crime
    • Where disclosure is in the vital interests of the person concerned