Dear Barnet Borough Council,
I recently noticed a parliamentary written question by the member for Hendon, Matthew Offord MP, to the Department for Communities and Local Government regarding empty homes in London. (See link below.) The Government's answer stated that there are 3,679 "empty dwellings" in the Barnet area, including both short-term and long-term empty dwellings.
Mr Offord's original question asked for the number in the Hendon consituency, but the minister responded that the Government does not hold this information at constituency level. So my request is for a breakdown of "empty dwelling" figures for the Barnet area either by parliamentary constituency, or by council ward, whichever you have available.
Matthew Offord's question and the Government's answer:
Sent request to Barnet Borough Council again.
Dear Mr Lewis,
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I
am writing to confirm receipt of your request. We aim to respond within
20 working days to your request and I am now in the process of verifying
whether this information is held by the Council.
Feel free to email me if you have any queries regarding your request but
in the meantime thank you for your patience while your request is
FOI Link Officer
Planning, Housing & Regeneration
Dear Mr Lewis,
Further to your request below, a report was obtained last week
(27/7/11), by officers in council tax. The report found that there were
3400 'long term empty properties' (Comprising unoccupied Exemption codes
A, C, D, E, F, G, I, J, K, L, Q, R & T and class C discount under
Council tax rules)
Unfortunately, I am not able to divide the data in to specific parts of
the borough without an individual analysis of all the properties on the
report. Since this would take well over a minute for each property on
the list this would exceed the cost limit for FOI requests on local
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Thank you for your response. I understand the difficulty of determining the location of each of the 3,400 properties on your list. However, surely you must have the postcode of each property? If so, it shouldn't be particularly difficult to extract this information to produce a list of the number of properties on your list in each postcode area covered by Barnet. Please advise if you would be able to do this.
Alternatively, would you be able to provide a summary of your information, i.e. a list of 3,400 postcodes?
Dear Mr Lewis,
I attach a breakdown by LB Barnet ward as requested. After making further
enquiries it has emerged that the council can report on this data without
needing to undertake a lengthy manual exercise. As such this should have
been included in our original response. I apologise for this mix-up.
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Thanks for looking at this again - much appreciated.
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