Property and Assets and Buildings

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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

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Patel

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a positon to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

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McKay Neil, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

I refer again to your email of 6 august 2018 seeking information in
relation to vacant properties.

 

Your request is receiving attention, however, in order to take this
forward, please could you provide clarification of your request relative
to the following points: -   

 

- Does the request relate to buildings and sites?

 

- With respect to buildings, is there a particular type (or types)? 

 

- Does the request include vacant Council Housing properties?  North
Lanarkshire Council has in the region of 36,500 Council Housing properties
and at any one time some will be vacant or void.  That said none of these
properties are long term vacant and the Council is not selling any of it's
Housing stock rather, such Housing properties are usually only vacant for
a short period of time until they are occupied by another tenant.

 

- The Estates section manages vacant properties that have been declared
surplus, but are vacant properties not declared surplus caught by the
request?

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Democratic and Legal Services

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1 AB

Tel : 01698 302 484

 

 

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Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Request for Information

I refer again to your e-mail of 6 August 2018 seeking information in relation to vacant properties.

I note that on 9 August 2018 we wrote to you to request clarification of your request. I must advise that this authority cannot progress your request where no clarification has been received.

I can advise also that should clarification not be received within 20 working days from this communication, your request will be considered close.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Streeet
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Request for Information

I refer again to your e-mail of 6 August 2018 seeking information in relation to vacant properties.

I note that on 9 August 2018 I wrote to you to request clarification of your request. I note I also wrote to you on 6 September 2018 to advise that if clarification of your request was not received within 20 working days of that communication then your request would be considered close.

I can advise that as clarification has not been received, your request is now closed.

Yours faithfully

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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