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1 August 2011
Your E-Mail address
Dear Mr Harrison
I am writing in response to your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated the
11th July 2011.
In your request you ask for the addresses and rateable values of empty commercial
properties that are within Bristol City Council area and the names of the owners of those
I must advise you that in accordance with the findings of the Bexley Information
Tribunal, we are unable to disclose information relating to empty properties owned by
individuals. I can confirm that this information is “personal data” as defined in the Data
Protection Act 1998. As a result s.40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies.
With regard to properties owned by "organisations", the general principle is that we can
disclose details of empty properties owned by organisations but not those owned by
individuals. However, we do not maintain an accurate database of “owners” apart from
those properties owned by Bristol City Council.
Therefore please find attached to this email a document containing data relating to
empty commercial properties that are owned by Bristol City Council along with their
respective rateable values.
This response should answer your request in full, however if you are not satisfied with
this response or wish to lodge an appeal against any exemptions that may have been
applied, you can do so by writing to the Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council
Legal Services, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS99 7PH or
email@example.com. Details of the complaints procedure can be found at
If, after you have exhausted the council’s complaints procedure, you are still not
satisfied with the response you have received you have the right to complain to the
This information is available in large print, in Braille,
in another language, on audio tape or on computer disk.
Information Commissioner, details of your right to complain can be found at
Business Rate Group Leader