Empty Residential Properties

Brian Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Torridge District Council

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Dear Torridge District Council,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I
am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

In light of the recent decision by Judge Fiona Henderson to order
Camden Council make public its list of empty housing, and the
previous decisions to make lists of long-term empty properties in
Lambeth and Bexley public, could you please send me a copy of the:

(a) addresses of all long term empty private and council owned
homes that are within the Torridge area.

(b) addresses of all long term empty commercial properties within
the Torridge area.

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

In considering this request, I hope you will take into account
Judge Henderson's statement on releasing the empty housing list in
Lambeth:

"The Tribunal is satisfied that publication of this list would
bring a proportion of the void properties back into use earlier
than would otherwise be the case and that, consequently, this is a
strong public interest in favour of disclosure."

I would be interested in any information held by your organisation
regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify
particular files or documents and that it is the department's
responsibility to provide the information I require.

I would like to receive the information in electronic format if
possible.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have
received this request. I look forward to your response within 20
working days, as outlined by the statute.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Jones

FOI, Torridge District Council

Brian

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request (FOI no. 1197 - reply due 2 April, 2012) which is receiving attention.

Regards

Jon

Jon Walter
Corporate Support Officer
Torridge District Council
01237 428784

Torridge - a great place to live, work & visit - www.torridge.gov.uk

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FOI, Torridge District Council

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Brian

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find attached addresses of all long term empty private and council owned homes that are within the Torridge area and addresses of all long term empty commercial properties within the Torridge area.

I am advised that the reference number given with the commercial properties are used by the valuation office and further full details can be obtained by logging onto the VO website (s.21 Information accessible by other means).

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the names of the owners of the private empty homes as we class this as personal information and therefore exception s.40 personal information applies.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Freedom of Information Officer at Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford EX39 2QG. If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

Regards

Jon

Jon Walter
Corporate Support Officer
Torridge District Council
01237 428784

Torridge - a great place to live, work & visit - www.torridge.gov.uk

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Dear Jon,

Thank you very much for the information. I shall now plough through it and see if there are any properties I can help bring back to life.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Jones