Council assets

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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

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

Re: Your request for information concerning:

Council Assets

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this request.

Customer Request Number: 18-07-154

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OCEFOI, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Gareth Davies,

 

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  I can confirm that the Council does hold most of
this information, as detailed below.

 

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

Please see the attached Disposal document.

Please note that the properties that were sold to Siglion were done so as
part of a bulk transfer of the entire portfolio as a going concern. The
total transfer price for the portfolio was £23.5m, which was determined
through a public procurement process). The individual values attributed to
each property as part of this portfolio sale are confidential and
commercially sensitive information and its disclosure would, or would be
likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of the owner, Siglion
Investments LLP in its future management and dealings with the portfolio
(Section 43(2) of the 2000 Act). Therefore it is exempt information. The
public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public
interest in disclosing this information given the potential prejudice that
would arise to Siglion Investments LLP through disclosure and taking into
account that the total transfer for the entire portfolio has already been
published.

 

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:

Please see the attached Purchases document.

 

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

a) the beginning of 2014/15 The Council does not hold this
information                                               

b) the date on which you received this request  882

 

I hope this is satisfactory.  If, however, you are dissatisfied with our
response to your request for information, you can ask for the decision to
be reviewed in reply to this letter, however any request for review must
be submitted within 40 days of the date of this freedom of information
response.  The review will be removed from the Directorate and coordinated
by the Council’s Information Governance Officer.   A request for review
should be directed, by email to [1][Sunderland City Council request email],
by post or by hand addressed to; Information Governance Officer,
Governance Services, Civic Centre, PO Box 100, Sunderland SR2 7DN.

 

You are of course entitled to apply to the Information Commissioner at any
time, although the Commissioner will not usually investigate until the
public authority’s internal review procedure has been concluded.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Steve Hanratty

Business Development Manager

Economy and Place Directorate

Sunderland City Council

Tel: 0191 5617808

[2]www.sunderland.gov.uk

 

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Dear FOI team,

Thank you for your response to my FOI request.

Could the information be supplied in a spreadsheet as originally requested?

Sorry to be a pain but PDF format is not compatible with the way all other councils have provided this information.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

OCEFOI, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Gareth Davies,

Please find attached the information as requested in spreadsheet format.

Kind Regards

Steve Hanratty
Business Development Manager
Economy and Place Directorate
Sunderland City Council
Tel: 0191 5617808
www.sunderland.gov.uk

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