Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data

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Dear Torbay Borough Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Code
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupied / Vacant
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)

I am aware that you already do provide listings of some business rates data (such as credit balances, or those receiving rates relief) but the existing data does not state whether properties are occupied or vacant (whether relief is received or not). It is also critical that the Billing Authority Code be provided for each property otherwise I am unable to reconcile your data with the Valuations Office master list.

I appreciate that properties owned / rented by individuals are personal information and such personal data (i.e. the Firm's Trading Name) would be excluded from my request in terms of Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In such cases, please provide the remaining information with the Firm's Trading Name either blank or listed as 'individual'.

Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chait

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 15 March
2016. We are currently processing your request and will contact you within
20 working days.

 

If you have any queries regarding your request, please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above in all communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance Support Officer

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

': 01803 207177
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Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chait

 

Further to your request received on 15 March 2016, we have considered your
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I can confirm that
Torbay Council has completed its search for the information that you
requested.

 

This information is as follows:

 

Please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business
(non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and
including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Code

- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)

- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)

- Occupied / Vacant

- Date of Occupation / Vacancy

- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)

 

I am aware that you already do provide listings of some business rates
data (such as credit balances, or those receiving rates relief) but the
existing data does not state whether properties are occupied or vacant
(whether relief is received or not). It is also critical that the Billing
Authority Code be provided for each property otherwise I am unable to
reconcile your data with the Valuations Office master list.

 

            The information requested can be seen in the attached
spreadsheet.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purpose of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

 

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its online Disclosure Log. Only requests deemed to be in the public
interest will be included and any request included within this log will be
de-personalised accordingly.

 

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Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR or complete the on-line complaint form that can
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Angela Hellier

Information Compliance Officer

Torbay Council

 

 

Mail: Information Compliance, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus,
Torquay TQ1 3DR

 

Find out more at: [5]www.torbay.gov.uk/accesstoinformation

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the data, however, I do intend to use these data commercially.

The purpose of our use of the data requested is in informing entrepreneurs and business seekers about opportunities in empty premises when they are advertised for new tenants. Further details on our activities are available at http://pikhaya.com, but our activity is supported by the Open Data Institute and we have received funding from the EU Open Data Incubator to develop this service.

According to the Information Commissioners Office, "RPSI is intended to encourage re-use of public sector information" - https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui... In addition, organisations "may impose conditions on re-use but the conditions must be as open and non-restrictive as possible. The easiest way to do this is to use the Open Government Licence."

Could you please advise if you are able to release these under the UK Open Government License so that I am able to republish?

Also, given that you already publish a subset of these data on your website (http://www.torbay.gov.uk/index/yourbusin...), would it be possible for you to host these data (and update it quarterly/semi-annually) in the same place?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear Mr Chait

 

Thank you for your email dated 29 March 2016.  I will forward your query
to the department that provided the response to your FOI request and get
back to you as soon as I receive a response.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Angela Hellier

Information Compliance Officer

Torbay Council

 

Email: [email address]

Phone: 01803 207413

 

Mail: Information Compliance, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus,
Torquay TQ1 3DR

 

Find out more at: www.torbay.gov.uk/accesstoinformation

 

 

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Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear Mr Chait

Further to your email dated 29 March 2016, the information that you requested will now be placed on our website and updated monthly. As such we are happy for you to re-use this information under an 'Implied Licence' subject to you acknowledging the copyright, identifying the source and not using it in a misleading manner.

Yours sincerely

Angela Hellier
Information Compliance Officer
Torbay Council

Mail: Information Compliance, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR

Find out more at: www.torbay.gov.uk/accesstoinformation

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Dear Freedom of Information,

That's brilliant, thank you. Would you be able to give me the link where the data will be hosted?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear Mr Chait

As the information has not yet been put on the website I am unable to give you a direct link to that particular report, however you will be able to search for it on the following link, which I believe you have already used.

http://www.torbay.gov.uk/index/yourbusin...

Yours sincerely

Angela Hellier
Information Compliance Officer
Torbay Council

Mail: Information Compliance, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR

Find out more at: www.torbay.gov.uk/accesstoinformation

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