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Property and Assets and Buildings

Viran Patel made this Freedom of Information request to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 500 authorities

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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 Unit, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Viran Patel,

 

Further to your Freedom of Information Request which was received on
06/08/2018 22:00, I am emailing to request some clarification in relation
to your queries.

 

Within your request, you asked for:

 

A full list of Vacant Properties held by your organization and any of its
subsidiaries.

 

Please could you clarify if you are referring to both residential and
commercial properties and whether you are referring to properties that are
owned by the Council?

   

 

We would appreciate it if you could provide this clarification to us at
[1][email address]

 

Please be aware that if we do not hear from you within three months, we
will need to assume that you are no longer interested in receiving the
information for the queried questions, and will close your request on our
system.

 

Regards

 

 

Information Governance Unit

Customers & ICT

Floor 2, Number One Riverside

Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

 

Email: [2][Rochdale Council request email]
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