Council assets

Gareth Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Lewes District Council as part of a batch sent to 353 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

To the information officer,

I am emailing to request the following information from the council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Note: This request does not relate to social housing stock

1) A list of building, land and heritage assets disposed of (i.e. the council no longer owned the asset) by the council between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request, including:

- Name of the asset
- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?
- Address (if applicable)
- Postcode (if applicable)
- UPRN (if possible)
- The date it was disposed of
- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)
- How much it was sold for? (if applicable)
- Who it was sold to?
- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)

2) A list of building, land and heritage assets acquired by the council between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request, including:

- Name of the asset
- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?
- Address
- Postcode
- UPRN (if possible)
- The date it was acquired
- Who was it acquired from?
- How much did it cost?
- Is it now classed as an investment property?

3) How many land, building and heritage assets did the council have as of
a) the beginning of 2014/15
b) the date on which you received this request

I would like to receive this information electronically a spreadsheet, with the points above as the column headers.

If the decision is made to withhold some of this information using exemptions in the Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

Please note the questions:
Who it was sold to?
Who was it acquired from?

In response to test FOIs some local authorities declined to release this information relating to these questions, arguing it was exempt under Section 40 - Personal information.

The definition of personal data referred to in the FOIA is that used by the Data Protection Act. This states that, for data to constitute personal data, “it must relate to a living individual, and that individual must be identifiable”. As a result, unless the response relates to a person (or a sole trader) it cannot be exempt under Section 40.

If you need clarification please contact me at this email address. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Thank you for your time,

Gareth

Thank you for your information request received today.

 

I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
any information available for disclosure.  The council, in accordance with
Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), will reply to your
request promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day
following the date of receipt.

 

Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr. Davies,

 

Information Request:  FOI 7365

 

Thank you for your information request dated 31^st July 2018 received in
our office on the same day.

 

I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you.  Please find below the
information the council holds, and which I am pleased to provide to you.

 

Note: This request does not relate to social housing stock

 

1) A list of building, land and heritage assets disposed of (i.e. the
council no longer owned the asset) by the council between 2014/2015 and
the date on which you received this request, including:

 

- Name of the asset Land to the west side of Malthouse Way, Cooksbridge

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?Land

- Address (if applicable)

- Postcode (if applicable)

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was disposed of 15 June 2016

- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
Devolved

- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset
held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)

- How much it was sold for? (if applicable) Consideration £1

- Who it was sold to? Hamsey Parish Council

- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)Devolved

 

Name of the asset Landport Youth Centre

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?Youth Centre

- Address (if applicable) Landport Road

- Postcode (if applicable)

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was disposed of 2^nd August 2017

- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
Sale

- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset
held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)

- How much it was sold for? (if applicable) £190,000

- Who it was sold to? Pippa’s Group

- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)Direct Sale

 

- Name of the asset Southover Grange

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?Building

- Address (if applicable) Southover Road, Lewes

- Postcode (if applicable)

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was disposed of 2014/15

- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)

- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset
held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)

- How much it was sold for? (if applicable) recorded a capital receipt of
£550k as part of the swap arrangement with ESCC

- Who it was sold to? East Sussex County Council

- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc) exchange

 

Name of the asset Landport Bottom

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?Land

- Address (if applicable)

- Postcode (if applicable)

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was disposed of 19/06/2018

- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
Devolved

- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset
held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)

- How much it was sold for? (if applicable) Nil

- Who it was sold to? Lewes Town Council

- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)Devolved

 

Name of the asset Lewes House land

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage?Land

- Address (if applicable) High Street Lewes

- Postcode (if applicable)

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was disposed of 7^th May 2015

- The type of disposal (for example sale, community asset transfer, etc)
sale

- The valuation of the asset at the point it was classified as an asset
held for sale (both lower amount and fair value less, if possible)

- How much it was sold for? (if applicable) £2.75m

- Who it was sold to? Southern Housing Group Limited

- How it was disposed of (open market, auction, etc)Direct Sale

 

 

2) A list of building, land and heritage assets acquired by the council
between 2014/2015 and the date on which you received this request,
including:

Name of the asset 2-5 The Friars

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage? Buildings

- Address High Street, Lewes

- Postcode BN7 2AD

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was acquired 16 December 2016

- Who was it acquired from? Landmaster Properties

 

- How much did it cost? £4.1m

- Is it now classed as an investment property?Yes

 

Name of the asset Railway Quay

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage? Buildings

- Address Newhaven

- Postcode

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was acquired 5^th April 2017

- Who was it acquired from? Newhaven Construction Limited

 

- How much did it cost? £1.5m

- Is it now classed as an investment property?No

 

 

- Name of the asset Caburn House

- What type of asset is it - building, land or heritage? Building

- Address Brooks Road, Lewes

- Postcode

- UPRN (if possible)

- The date it was acquired 18 June 2018

- Who was it acquired from? Alpha UK Property Fund Asset Company (“No 2”)
Limited

 

- How much did it cost? £2.6m

- Is it now classed as an investment property?Yes

 

 

 

3) How many land, building and heritage assets did the council have as of

a) the beginning of 2014/15 Not recorded

b) the date on which you received this request394

 

I trust that this deals with your enquiry to your satisfaction, but if you
feel that Lewes District Council has misunderstood or not responded
appropriately to your request, you have two courses of action:

 

o You can clarify the terms of your original request to allow this to be
looked at again  (if you expand your request this will be dealt with
as a new request)
o All applicants have a 'right of appeal'.  An appeal should be focused
on the original request and should identify how the council’s response
failed to answer your Information Request.  Appeals must be made in
writing (or e-mail) within 40 working days of receipt of this response
and addressed to the Information Governance Appeals Officer, to the
address below. 

 

Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Road

EASTBOURNE

BN21 4TW     

                                  

E-mail  : [1][email address]

 

After the council’s internal appeals procedure has been exhausted, a
further appeal about the same Information Request can be directed to the
Information Commissioner for adjudication.  Full details will be provided
should an appeal proceed to this stage.

 

Please note:

If you are considering re-using the information disclosed to you through
this request, for any purpose outside of what could be considered for
personal use, you are required under the Public Sector Re-use of
Information Regulations 2015 to make an Application for Re-use to the
organisation you have requested the information from.  Applications for
Re-Use should be directed to the address detailed in the footer below.

 

Please contact me again, quoting your reference number, if you require any
further assistance with your current request and I will do my best to
provide the relevant help and advice.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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