Empty commercial and/or mixed use properties

The request was successful.

Dear Torfaen Council,

Could you kindly provide a list of vacant commercial properties in the borough identifying which are owned by the council or other public body and which are privately owned.

For the properties owned by the council or another public body, could you kindly identify if these are owned or leased.

Could the list kindly include the following: (a) 1. addresses, 2. rateable values 3. date vacated; of empty Commercial properties that are within your area, which have been vacant for longer than 3 months; and

(b) the names and addresses of the owners of those properties referred to in (a)

If this could be supplied in a csv (spreadsheet) format this would certainly be appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

James Loy

Call Torfaen, Torfaen County Borough Council

Thank you for taking the time to email Torfaen County Borough Council.

 

Please be aware that your enquiry is being addressed and a reply will be
sent within 10 working days.

 

Did you know that you can report issues and request information via our
website at [1]www.torfaen.gov.uk or make reports and requests by
downloading our Mobile App.

 

By registering your email address, you will be able to track progress of
your enquiry from start to finish.

 

The Mobile App is available on Apple, Android and Windows devices and can
be found by typing Torfaen into the search function in the relevant App
Store.

 

'

show quoted sections

YMWADIAD: Mae'r wybodaeth sy'n gynwysedig yn yr e-bost yma a) yn eiddo i
Gyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen; a b) yn gyfrinachol. Fe'i bwriedir ar
gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig. Os nad chi yw’r sawl y cyfeiriwyd hi ato, ni
ddylech ddadlennu, copïo na dosbarthu'r wybodaeth neu ei defnyddio i
weithredu. Os derbyniwch yr e-bost yma fel camgymeriad, gadewch i ni wybod
ar unwaith drwy ffonio ++44 (0) 1495 766366, a danfonwch yr e-bost yn ol
gydag unrhyw atodiadau. RHYBUDD: Gwnewch yn siwr bod gennych ddiogelwch
feirws digonol cyn agor neu ddatgysylltu unrhyw ddogfen sydd yn atodiad
i'r e-bost hwn. Mae’r Cyngor yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg.
Cewch ateb Cymraeg i bob gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg ac ni fydd yn arwain i
unrhyw oedi. Mae data personol sy'n cael ei brosesu gan y cyngor yn cael
ei wneud yn unol â'r gofynion sydd arnom ni o dan y Rheoliad Diogelu Data
Cyffredinol (RhDDC) (UE) 2016/679. Am fwy o wybodaeth ar sut yr ydym yn
gwneud hyn gwelwch ein Hysbysiad Preifatrwydd

References

Visible links
1. http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/

FOI, Torfaen County Borough Council

Dear Mr Loy,

 

18/458: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your email dated 30/05/2018 requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.  I have logged your email and will deal
with your request in order that we can respond to you within the statutory
deadline of 20 working days.

 

I will contact you further as soon as the relevant information is
available.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Chris Corten

SENIOR BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER COMPLAINTS/FOI  /  UWCH SWYDDOG CYMORTH
BUSNES CWYNION/RHYDDID GWYBODAETH

Chief Executive’s Service / Gwasanaeth Y Prif Weithredwr

Torfaen County Borough Council / Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen

Phone/Ffôn: 01495 742170

Fax/Ffacs: 01495 766331

Email/Ebost: [1][email address]

This email is available in large print, Braille or Welsh upon request

 

 

 

show quoted sections

FOI, Torfaen County Borough Council

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Loy,

 

18/458: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your email dated 30/05/2018 requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am now in a position to respond to your
questions as follows:

 

Could you kindly provide a list of vacant commercial properties in the
borough identifying which are owned by the council or other public body
and which are privately owned.

 

For the properties owned by the council or another public body, could you
kindly identify if these are owned or leased.

 

Could the list kindly include the following: (a) 1. addresses, 2. rateable
values 3. date vacated; of empty Commercial properties that are within
your area, which have been vacant for longer than 3 months; and

 

(b) the names and addresses of the owners of those properties referred to
in (a)

 

Please see the attached document in response to your request. Please note
that all properties listed for Torfaen County Borough Council are owned by
the Authority. We do not hold details for the other properties as to
whether they are owned or leased.

 

I can confirm that we do hold the business name however some of these are
names of individuals and are being withheld on the basis of the exemptions
in Sec. 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that disclosure of
the information would be likely to contravene the principles of the Data
Protection Act as it would be likely to reveal the identity of the
individuals.

 

The relevant principle is the first principle which states that:

 

“Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and in particular
shall not be processed unless:

(a) at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met, and

(b) In the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions
in Schedule 3 is met.”

The relevant condition in Schedule 2 is condition 6 which states that:

“the processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests
pursued by the Data Controller or by the third party or parties to whom
the data are disclosed, except where the processing is unwarranted in any
particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights or freedoms or
legitimate interest of the data subject.”

Following the tribunal decision in Corporate Officer of the House of
Commons V Information Commissioner and Leapman Brooke and Thomas the
Information Commissioner has recommended that public authorities approach
Condition 6 as a three part test which has been applied as follows:

1. There must be legitimate interest in the public obtaining the
information. There is an interest in public awareness and confidence that
the Council is acting properly.

2 The second test is knowing whether the disclosure is necessary for the
legitimate public interest.

If the information was to be disclosed it is likely that the identity of
the individuals would be known and there isn’t a legitimate interest in
the public obtaining personal information about certain individuals.

3 The third test is whether the disclosure is nevertheless unwarranted
because of an excessive or disproportionate adverse effect on the
legitimate interests of the individuals concerned.

The individuals concerned would not expect the information to be released
to the public and disclosure would not be justified by a wider public
interest.

 

Information supplied in response to any Freedom of Information Act request
may be subject to copyright. A single copy of information supplied under
the Freedom of Information Act may only be used for personal,
non-commercial research or study, unless stated otherwise. It must not be
passed to others, copied or re-published in whole or in part without
permission from the copyright holder. Any copyright statement that forms
part of or in any way refers to the information provided must not be
altered or removed.

 

If you have any queries about this letter or are unhappy about the service
you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint
or request a review, please do not hesitate to contact me in writing.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales) cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by this Council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office (Wales), 2^nd Floor, Churchill House, Churchill Way,
Cardiff, CF10 2HH. Telephone 029 2067 8400 or Fax 029 2067 8399 or e-mail
[1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Chris Corten

SENIOR BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER COMPLAINTS/FOI / UWCH SWYDDOG CYMORTH
BUSNES CWYNION/RHYDDID GWYBODAETH

Chief Executive’s Service / Gwasanaeth Y Prif Weithredwr

Torfaen County Borough Council / Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen

Phone/Ffôn: 01495 742170

Fax/Ffacs: 01495 766331

Email/Ebost: [2][email address]

This email is available in large print, Braille or Welsh upon request

 

 

 

 

show quoted sections