Empty property list

The request was refused by Pendle Borough Council.

Dear Pendle Borough Council,
I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within
the councils area. Would you be able to supply me with these under
the Freedom of Information Act? A spreadsheet will suffice, I
require no personal information simply the property address.

Yours faithfully,

Graham

WaterworthSarah, Pendle Borough Council

Thank you for your request. It is being dealt with under the terms and of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number 6125-25.01 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Waterworth
Committee Administrator
Tel No. Tue/Wed/Thur 01282 661654
Mon/Fri 01282 661201

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WaterworthSarah, Pendle Borough Council

Thank you for your FOI request which has been logged as 6125-25.01. This request has been dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (‘the Act’).

Having reviewed your request for information, the information you have requested is held by Pendle Borough Council but is being withheld because we consider that the exemption under Section 31 (1) (a) – Prevention and Detection of Crime and Section 40 (3) (a) Data Protection of the Act applies to the information.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to:

Corporate Director,
Pendle Borough Council
Town Hall,
Market Street,
Nelson,
Lancashire
BB9 7LG.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Sarah Waterworth
Committee Administrator
Tel No. 01282 661654

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Dear Pendle Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Pendle Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Empty property list'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Graham

Dear Pendle Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Pendle Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Empty property list'.

No response!

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Graham

MousdalePhilip, Pendle Borough Council

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Dear Graham

Thank you for your e-mail requesting a review of our refusal to provide you with the list of empty properties which I have now carried out.

Here is a link to a decision of the Information Commissioner in relation to a very similar request which Pendle had regard to in deciding to refuse your request:

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

The Council holds the information you request but considers that the exemption in s31 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act applies i.e. its disclosure would be likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. As this is a qualified exemption the Council must consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the information. The Council considers that it does outweigh the public interest in disclosure for the reasons outlined in the above case.

The Council further considers that s40(3) (a) of the Freedom of information Act applies in that disclosing the information would amount to disclosure of personal information namely the identities of the owners of the properties. It would be unfair to those data subjects and therefore would be in breach of the data protection principles.

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