Catherine Musgrove

Dear Chorley Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide me with a list of long-term empty houses (six months or more) within your council area, with addresses.

Please can you also provide me with the number of long term empty houses (no need for addresses) that the council knew of this time in 2013 and 2012.

Thanks

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Musgrove

foi, Chorley Borough Council

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Dear Madam, 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Please quote the above reference number in all future correspondence. 

Please find attached acknowledgement.

Yours faithfully

 

 

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Chorley Council

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Dear Ms Musgrove

I am writing in response to your request for information under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Ref No FOI/14/600.

Request: 

1.       Please can you provide me with a list of long-term empty houses
(six months or more) within your council area, with addresses.

 

·         Where private individuals own empty properties, rather than
companies, this information is personal information and releasing it could
breach the Data Protection Principles. It is therefore potentially exempt
from release under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. This
is an absolute exemption.

The first data protection principle requires information to be processed
fairly and lawfully. The Council believe that it would not be fair to
disclose this information. It is gathered under statutory powers and
taxpayers are not advised that it will be made available to third parties.
For that reason your request for information is refused insofar as it
relates to empty properties owned by individuals.

The first data protection principle also requires at least one of the
conditions in schedule 2 to the Data Protection Act to be met before
information is processed. The Council has considered the schedule 2
conditions and believes that the only potentially relevant condition is
condition 6. This allows for the processing of personal data where:

"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 and freedoms or
legitimate interests of the data subject."

It is the Council's view that the interests of the individuals would be
significantly prejudiced if the information were to be released.
Individuals also have a legitimate interest in retaining privacy in
relation to their personal information. This interest is outweighed by any
interest of yours or any other person and for that reason your request is
refused in relation to individual's information, under Section 40 (2) of
the Freedom of Information Act.

I can tell you that as of 01 October 2014, there were 511 properties
listed as being empty for longer than 6 months.  

I have attached a spreadsheet containing names of owners and addresses of
empty residential addresses, where the owner is a company.

 

2.       Please can you also provide me with the number of long term empty
houses (no need for addresses) that the council knew of this time in 2013
and 2012.

 

·         October 2013 – 530 properties listed as empty for longer than 6
months

·         October 2012 – info not available

 

 

 

I hope the information provided here answers your enquiry.  If however,
you are unhappy with the outcome, or the way in which Chorley Council has
handled your request, you may wish to make an appeal.  This can be done in
writing to the Information Manager, Chorley Council, Civic Offices, Union
Street, Chorley, PR7 1AL, or by e-mail to: [1][email address].uk  clearly
stating your reasons for dissatisfaction.  Please quote the above
reference number in all correspondence.

 

If your appeal is either not upheld or you remain dissatisfied with our
decision, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner at:  Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, or by e-mail to [2][email address].

Please note that the information provided by Chorley Borough Council is
intended for your personal use. If it is your intention to re-use the
information for commercial gain, you will need to apply to the Council for
a licence to re-use it, under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Ally Lloyd
Software Support Engineer
Chorley Council

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Chorley - Britain in Bloom Silver Medal Winner 2014

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