Dear Ms Marlow

Request for Information

I refer again to your email dated 26 August 2022 seeking information in relation to derelict or abandoned buildings.

Having investigated, I can advise that the Council does not hold a list or register of derelict or abandoned buildings and in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must advise you of this.  By way of explanation there is no statutory requirement to do so.

However, to be of assistance please note that the Council undertakes a Survey of Vacant and Derelict Land but this is primarily a survey of land to identify sites that meet the prescribed definitions of Vacant and Derelict Land as set out by Scottish Government Guidance. It should be noted that some Land which is derelict  (land damaged by previous development and which requires rehabilitation to bring it back into a productive use) may have derelict buildings or remains of buildings on site but these are not the primary focus of the survey. If you wish to receive a copy of this survey please contact the Planning Service at the undernoted email:-

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I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - 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 Act.  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

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

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Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online via the following link: -

www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

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.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Contact by email

-----Original Message-----

From: Jacqueline Keachie

Sent: 26 August 2022 14:38

To: Mary Marlow <[cyfeiriad ebost]>

Subject: Request for Information

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours faithfully.                              

Jacqueline Keachie

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Contact by email

-----Original Message-----

From: Mary Marlow <[cyfeiriad ebost]>

Sent: 26 August 2022 08:45

To: FOI Request <[E-bost cais North Lanarkshire Council]>

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Derelict buildings

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

I am interested in derelict or abandoned buildings in your council if you could send me any information you have on any of these.

Thanks and kind regards

Yours faithfully,

Mary Marlow

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