Dear Babergh District Council,

I am requesting a list of full addresses* and previous usage for all buildings/properties that:

1. Are derelict or abandoned and are owned/used by Babergh District Council.

2. Babergh District Council know of to be derelict or abandoned.

3. Have been reported to the Babergh District Council or building control section/counterpart as being derelict or abandoned.

4. Have been reported to Babergh District Council or building control section/counterpart as being dangerous, and if possible the reason for why it is dangerous.

*Full address consists of:
Building/Flat Number
Street Name
Town
City
Postcode

I would like to have the information as a spreadsheet.

Yours faithfully,

Oscar Hardy

Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council,

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Reference: FOI-312333228
Date of request: 02/03/2021
Title of request: Property Information - Babergh District Council

Dear Oscar Hardy,

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Freedom Of Information
 
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not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.
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Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council
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For more information on how we do this and your rights in regards to your
personal information and how to access it, visit our website.

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Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council,

Reference: FOI-312333228
Date of request: 02/03/2021
Title of request: Property Information - Babergh District Council

Dear Oscar Hardy,

Section 31(1)(a) the prevention or detection of crime:

A local authority may use this exemption to withhold information that
would make anyone, including the public authority itself, more vulnerable
to crime. The councils by carrying out a harm test believe that by
releasing the full details of empty or derelict properties harm would
result in the following ways:

 

1)           The empty and derelict properties and other adjacent
properties being subjected to illegal damage, theft and squatting.

2)           In the case of illegal squatting this would lead to the
councils or other owners paying for, and in the case of council-owned
property the public purse covering, the cost of removing those people
illegally occupying the properties and for any subsequent costs associated
with repairs or replacement of stolen objects and fittings.

3)           Theft of Electricity would occur by those illegally occupying
the properties resulting in costs to the owners and in the case of
council-owned properties the public purse in terms of legal costs and
payment to utility companies.

4)           In the case of council-owned properties lack of availability
of housing for potential tenants.

 

When applying this exemption the Councils are required to carry out a
public interest test, please see below the points considered:

 

Public interest factors in not releasing the information requested for
council and other derelict buildings  addresses

•            It is in the public interest for public authorities to
protect society from the impact of crime.

•            It is in the Public interest to protect Local Government
assets as they are funded by the public.

•            It is in the public interest to protect individuals from the
impact of crime.

•            It is in the public interest to avoid the social costs of
crime: this category of criminal damage would reduce the quality of life
in the areas containing the councils’ and other derelict  buildings and
neighbours would live in fear of further crime being committed.

  

Public interest factors in releasing the information requested for council
house addresses

•            Local Authority accountability and transparency to the public
about the use of public assets and other information the Council holds.

•            Legitimate public interest in the subject of empty and
derelict  accommodation.

•            To allay any public concern there is not an efficient use of
housing within its district.

 

After weighing both sides of the above public interest arguments the
councils find it is in the public interest that the exemption to release
the addresses of empty council properties should be applied.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting.  Please contact us if you wish to re-use
the information for commercial purposes so that the appropriate licence
can be issued (in some instances a fee will be payable).  Additionally,
you must ensure that you gain permission before reproducing any third
party (non Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council copyright) information.

 

If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review
of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.  Internal
review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of
receipt of the response.  If you are not content with the outcome of the
review you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the
following address: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Tel: 01625 545 745
Email: [email address].

 
Freedom of Information Team
Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council
If you wish to contact either Babergh District Council or Mid Suffolk
District Council please visit our websites [1]www.babergh.gov.uk or
[2]www.midsuffolk.gov.uk and click on Contact Us.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS NOT MONITORED, IT IS ONLY FOR THE ISSUE
OF AUTOMATED RESPONSES.
 

Emails sent to and from this organisation will be monitored in accordance
with the law to ensure compliance with policies and to minimize any
security risks. The information contained in this email or any of its
attachments may be privileged or confidential and is intended for the
exclusive use of the addressee. Any unauthorised use may be unlawful. If
you receive this email by mistake, please advise the sender immediately by
using the reply facility in your email software. Opinions, conclusions and
other information in this email that do not relate to the official
business of Babergh District Council and/or Mid Suffolk District Council
shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by Babergh District
Council and/or Mid Suffolk District Council.

Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council (BMSDC) will be
Data Controllers of the information you are providing. As required by the
Data Protection Act 2018 the information will be kept safe, secure,
processed and only shared for those purposes or where it is allowed by
law. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose your personal
details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have
requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information about you
that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in
accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and used only to provide the
services or information you have requested.
For more information on how we do this and your rights in regards to your
personal information and how to access it, visit our website.

References

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1. http://www.babergh.gov.uk/
2. http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/