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Dear Organisation,

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here too: https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove... and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

In the previous case in Voyias v IC and LB Camden (EA/201v1/0007), the requesters asked for substantially similar information, and the judge favoured disclosure. I appreciate the circumstances here are quite different, but the same principles should apply.

I understand there is a risk that your empty properties would be targeted by squatters should this the list of empty properties be public, but this is a very slim risk. The prejudice to law enforcement should be real, likely and substantial, as per Hogan v the ICO and Oxford City Council. I can assure you that my request is not sent in order to cause trouble for the authority, it is predominantly for my own research, with publication as part of campaigning materials. I am concerned at the sale of public assets, not a not an advocate for their illegal occupation. I would also say that I cannot imagine the disclosure of this list of properties to significantly affect a squatting problem that pre-existed my interest in the organisation. Overall the prejudice to law enforcement is very slim, and not severe. Since 12 months will be the time that this information will be released onto this site, unless others request this information separately. The requester is not liable for any issues that may arise in between or after.

It is in the public interest and transparency that this information is made publicly available under the public sector duty under the equality act allowing people to know of this information and make use of it under the Community Asset Transfer scheme and under the Human Rights Act Article 11 enabling the community to gather and make decisions on the allocation of such assets.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

foi, Ashfield District Council

Dear Viran Patel,

 

Ashfield District Council – Reference: 4327

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request below, reference number 2018/FOI/4327 received
at the Council on 30 July 2018

 

I can confirm your request is being considered and will be dealt with
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt (or containing reference to a third party).

 

If appropriate, the information will be provided by e-mail/letter, normal
font size (Arial, 12pt).  If you require an alternative format then please
let me know. 

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at
[1][Ashfield District Council request email] or by writing to Freedom of Information for
Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, Nottingham NG17
8DA.

 

If you are not satisfied with how your request has been dealt with then
you should contact the Director of Legal and Governance (Monitoring
Officer) at Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-In-Ashfield,
Nottingham, NG17 8DA, telephone: (01623) 457329 or e-mail:
[2][Ashfield District Council request email].

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint then you
have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office: Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. [3]www.ico.org.uk,
Telephone - 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to
use a national rate number. Or email: [4][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Officer
Ashfield District Council & Mansfield District Council Shared Legal
Services
Urban Road
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Nottingham
NG17 8DA
01623 457329

 

 

 

From: Viran Patel <[FOI #502940 email]>
Sent: 29 July 2018 15:55
To: foi <[Ashfield District Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Property and Assets and
Buildings

 

This message originated from outside your organization

Dear Organisation,

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your
organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be
considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are
for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be
supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here
too:
[5]https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove...
and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

In the previous case in Voyias v IC and LB Camden (EA/201v1/0007), the
requesters asked for substantially similar information, and the judge
favoured disclosure. I appreciate the circumstances here are quite
different, but the same principles should apply.

I understand there is a risk that your empty properties would be targeted
by squatters should this the list of empty properties be public, but this
is a very slim risk. The prejudice to law enforcement should be real,
likely and substantial, as per Hogan v the ICO and Oxford City Council. I
can assure you that my request is not sent in order to cause trouble for
the authority, it is predominantly for my own research, with publication
as part of campaigning materials. I am concerned at the sale of public
assets, not a not an advocate for their illegal occupation. I would also
say that I cannot imagine the disclosure of this list of properties to
significantly affect a squatting problem that pre-existed my interest in
the organisation. Overall the prejudice to law enforcement is very slim,
and not severe. Since 12 months will be the time that this information
will be released onto this site, unless others request this information
separately. The requester is not liable for any issues that may arise in
between or after.

It is in the public interest and transparency that this information is
made publicly available under the public sector duty under the equality
act allowing people to know of this information and make use of it under
the Community Asset Transfer scheme and under the Human Rights Act Article
11 enabling the community to gather and make decisions on the allocation
of such assets.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

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K.Winfield, Ashfield District Council

Good morning,

 

I refer to your request received at the Council  by Email on 30 July 2018
requesting information about:

 

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your
organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be
considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are
for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be
supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here
too:
[1]https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove...
and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

 

I will deal with this part of your request under s. 1 (3) of the FOIA.

 

“Where a public authority-

 

(a)  reasonable requires further information in order to identify and
locate the information requested, and

(b)  has informed the applicant of that requirement

 

You have described the information you seek, but the description is not
sufficient to enable the Authority to locate the correct details.

 

The Authority informs you that it requires further information, under s 1.
(3) (a) /of the FOIA,

 

 

-       Do they want residential property or commercial / operational, or
both?

-       Do they have a definition of the length of time a property is
empty to class as vacant eg 6 months? Properties between occupiers may be
vacant whilst lease documents are drawn up for example.

 

 

The 20 working days will not continue from  31 July 2018 until the
Authority has been supplied with further information. Should the Council
not receive a response to this letter by 13 August 2018, your request will
be closed accordingly.

 

 

Regards

 

Kathryn Winfield
Information Officer (Part time) Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Ashfield District Council & Mansfield District Council Shared Legal
Services
Urban Road
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Nottingham
NG17 8DA
01623 457329
[email address]

 

From: Viran Patel <[FOI #502940 email]>
Sent: 29 July 2018 15:55
To: foi <[Ashfield District Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Property and Assets and
Buildings

 

This message originated from outside your organization

Dear Organisation,

I would like to know a full list of Vacant Properties held by your
organisation and any of its subsidiaries.

If possible their market value for sale or to let, whether they would be
considered for a community asset transfer, if not then whether they are
for sale or to let. In a clear and easy to read format. It would be
supportive if the property is for sale or to let that it is listed on here
too:
[2]https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/gove...
and that you inform us of this intention or such listing in the request.

In the previous case in Voyias v IC and LB Camden (EA/201v1/0007), the
requesters asked for substantially similar information, and the judge
favoured disclosure. I appreciate the circumstances here are quite
different, but the same principles should apply.

I understand there is a risk that your empty properties would be targeted
by squatters should this the list of empty properties be public, but this
is a very slim risk. The prejudice to law enforcement should be real,
likely and substantial, as per Hogan v the ICO and Oxford City Council. I
can assure you that my request is not sent in order to cause trouble for
the authority, it is predominantly for my own research, with publication
as part of campaigning materials. I am concerned at the sale of public
assets, not a not an advocate for their illegal occupation. I would also
say that I cannot imagine the disclosure of this list of properties to
significantly affect a squatting problem that pre-existed my interest in
the organisation. Overall the prejudice to law enforcement is very slim,
and not severe. Since 12 months will be the time that this information
will be released onto this site, unless others request this information
separately. The requester is not liable for any issues that may arise in
between or after.

It is in the public interest and transparency that this information is
made publicly available under the public sector duty under the equality
act allowing people to know of this information and make use of it under
the Community Asset Transfer scheme and under the Human Rights Act Article
11 enabling the community to gather and make decisions on the allocation
of such assets.

Yours faithfully,

Viran Patel

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[3][FOI #502940 email]

Is [4][Ashfield District Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
requests to Ashfield District Council? If so, please contact us using this
form:
[5]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/change_re...

Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on
the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
[6]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/offi...

For more detailed guidance on safely disclosing information, read the
latest advice from the ICO:
[7]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/ico-...

Please note that in some cases publication of requests and responses will
be delayed.

If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web
manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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Dear K.Winfield,

Thank you to answer your questions the following:

- Do they want residential property or commercial / operational, or
both? All properties including land excluding parks and forests. All residential, commercial, or offices etc

- Do they have a definition of the length of time a property. NO. Any property that is not going through as under offer.

Yours sincerely,

Viran Patel

K.Winfield, Ashfield District Council

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