Student Halls of residence as 'dwellings'

N.Siddle made this Freedom of Information request to Valuation Office Agency

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I wish to know on what basis student halls of residence are treated for (a) New Homes Bonus calculations and (b) for contribution to local authority housing targets.

I have tried unsuccessfully to get an answer from the VOA - they are not now even acknowledge my correspondence. The question was first raised with the DCLG on Oct 29 and then with the VOA on 4 November. It is absurd that no answer has been forthcoming by now.

All the details are covered in emails with Alison Dand of the VOA (the last being on 2 Dec 2012)

The essential enquiry is as follows:-
I cannot find a clear unambiguous statement of an example of the one which I believe to now be the most common form of new Hall:-
i.e. 3 or 4 story blocks with up to 20 single rooms on each floor, each with en-suite facilities but with (probably)
two shared kitchens and a shared lounge/ floor. I know that most students are exempt from rates, but I also understand that it is the VOA assessments which are being used to determine whether Councils can claim New Homes Bonuses on the number of new 'dwellings' when new such blocks are built.
I therefore wish to know whether the number of 'dwellings' created when such a block is built is dependent on the number of bedrooms (which may be en-suite but without proper kitchen facilities), the number of communal kitchens &/or lounges (in those cases where each room does not have a kitchenette)or on the number of discrete accommodation blocks.

Yours faithfully,

N.Siddle

Oxley, Christopher, Valuation Office Agency

Dear Mr Siddle

Our ref: 11753895.1/CEO

Thank you for your email below on what basis student halls of residence are treated for (a) New Homes Bonus calculations and (b) for contribution to local authority housing targets.

We will reply to you direct on this matter by 07 January 2013.

Yours sincerely

Christopher Oxley

Customer Service Team | Customer Service Caseworker | [voa request email]

Chief Executives' office | Valuation Office Agency 3rd Floor Wingate house 93/107 Shaftesbury Avenue, London,
W1D 5BU

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Oxley, Christopher, Valuation Office Agency

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Dear Mr Siddle

Our ref: 11753895.1/CEO

Freedom of Information request - Student Halls of residence as 'dwellings'

Please find the attached response to your email of 5 December.

Yours Sincerely
Christopher Oxley

Customer Service Team | Customer Service Caseworker | [voa request email]

Chief Executives' office | Valuation Office Agency 3rd Floor Wingate house 93/107 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5BU

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Hi Team

I only sent over the initial handling record on Thursday so I have not got a reference number for this.

Thanks Chris

Action required by: CSM
(VOA) CCR Ref: 11754511.1/CEO
CST To Add (HMRC) FOI Ref:
Target date (15 w/days): 28-Dec-12 Deadline (20 w/days): 7-Jan-12
Title:Forename: N.Surname: Siddle

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Email Address : [FOI #141325 email]
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Brief Summary of what the request is about (including CCR subject) and highlight whether it is sensitive or subject to escalation report: Council Tax- definition of an individual dwelling for CT purposes.

Date Received: 05-Dec-12
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Date Closed: 18.12.12
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