Dear North Lanarkshire Council,
I am writing to you to request the following information.
1) Since 2010, please provide me with a list of previously-Council owned buildings which were sold and which subsequently received planning permission from the council for housing?
1a) Please provide the name or address of the building sold, its use prior to the sale (i.e. school, hospital, community centre), the price the building was sold for, details of the bidders including purchaser, the date of the sale and what the money was subsequently spent on.
1b) In regards to the planning permission aspect of the request, please provide the planning application reference number for the successful application, the date on which permission was granted, the number of units granted by the planning permission, and break them down by type i.e. affordable housing, private housing, social housing, housing association rent, buy to let.
1c) Please indicate whether the developments are at planning stage, construction stage, or completed.
2) Within the same time period, please provide the details of any council-purchased buildings or land which has been developed into private, social, or council housing by the council.
2a) Please provide the name or address of the building/land purchased, its use prior to the purchase (i.e. school, hospital, community centre), the price the building was bought for, details of any other bidders if held, the date of the purchase, the planning permission application reference, the number of units granted by the planning permission, and break them down by type i.e. affordable housing, private housing, social housing, housing association rent, buy to let, and the date of granted planning permission for residential development.
2b) Please indicate whether the developments are at planning stage, construction stage, or completed.
Dear Mr Matchett
I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.
I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Working from home
Please contact via email
Request for Information
I refer again to your e-mail dated 21 July 2021 seeking information in
relation to housing developments.
Having regard to the nature of your request, it appears to me that it is
governed by the provisions of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004, rather than the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, and it is in terms of these Regulations that my response is made.
Returning to your request and having investigated, I can advise as
Questions 1, 1a, 1b and 1c
I regret to advise you that there is no central data set for all of the
information requested and in terms of Regulation 10(4)(a) of the
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, I must advise you
However, to be of assistance I can advise as follows:-
Please find attached a list of Council owned buildings and their previous
use which were sold during the specified timeframe.
With respect to any subsequent development of the buildings listed, in
particular regarding planning permission, corresponding details are
publicly available on the Council's webpage via the online planning
information system. For ease of reference the direct link is as follows:-
Please select the Simple Search feature, where the address of the site in
question may be entered. Alternatively, the ‘Map’ tab in the Simple
Search feature may be utilised by centring the map on the area of interest
and, having set the relevant Legend & Filter parameters and a timeframe of
interest (e.g. Planning Application; Within the last 5 years), zooming-in
to the point at which related applications are displayed on the map (for
example, as areas outlined in red). Thereafter, by clicking inside an
outline of interest, the corresponding application and associated details
may be viewed. Information regarding the stage of any corresponding
planning application will then be detailed.
With respect to the stage of development, I can advise that the requested
information is not readily available, from a comprehensive perspective,
and in terms of Regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004, I must advise you of this. - The response at
Question 2 also refers.
With respect to sale details (date, price & purchaser), this information
is publicly available from registers of Scotland; and for ease of
reference the direct link to their webpage is as follows:-
With respect to details of (unsuccessful) bidders, I regret to advise you
that this information falls within the ground of exemption in terms of
Regulation 10(5)(e) of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004, inasmuch as disclosure under the Regulations would or
would be likely to prejudice substantially the confidentiality of
commercial or industrial information where such confidentiality is
provided for by law to protect a legitimate economic interest, and in all
the circumstances of the case, it has been concluded that the public
interest in disclosing the information is outweighed by that in
maintaining the exemption.
With respect to the subsequent use of the funds generated from the sales,
I can advise that the information is not held and in terms of Regulation
10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 I
must advise you of this. By way of explanation, all capital receipts
generated from such sales are subsumed in the Council’s General Services
Account and, consequently, it is not possible to identify how the money
Questions 2, 2a and 2b
Within the past 10 years, the following Council-purchased land has
subsequently been developed into Council housing by the Council:-
Location Town Stage Type Prior Use
Cardowan Cumbernauld G68 9PB Completed Social Vacant Site (Development
Drive Housing Land)
Details of the planning approval for this development is also publicly
available on the planning portal.
Details of the sale price paid is similarly publicly available from
Registers of Scotland.
Please note that the majority of the land/buildings that have been
utilised for new build Council housing have been transferred internally
from other Council services, as opposed to market purchases by the
I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Regulation 16 of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004, has established a procedure whereby any person who has
requested information in terms of those Regulations, may make
representations if it appears to the applicant that the authority has not
complied with any requirements of the Regulations in relation to the
applicant’s request. Any such representations require to be made in
writing and received by the Council not later than 40 working days after
either the date that the applicant receives any decision or notification
which the applicant believes does not comply with these Regulations or the
date by which such a decision or notification should have been made, or
any other action should be taken by the authority, but was not made or
taken. Any such representations should be addressed to the Head of Legal
and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell,
ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you wish to seek a review, please write to the
Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.
I would advise, also, that in terms of Regulation 17 of the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, a person who is dissatisfied with
a notice given by the local authority under Regulation 16(4) of the
Regulations - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Regulations. Such an application must be made
within six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another
form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being
used for subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-
Scottish Information Commissioner
email: [email address]
Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -
I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Contact by email
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