Police Station Ownership - 408/22

Date Responded 18 March 2022

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information act 2000, please identify the body who is the true owner of the property which Northumbria Police occupy, commonly known as police stations and their immediate environs.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Estates Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however as the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

 

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

 

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

 

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

 

The information you have requested is freely available as it is published and open to public view via the property asset register on the Northumbria - Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (OPCC’s) website, this indicates which freehold properties are held by the PCC, ie. they are owned by the PCC and in order to aid and assist you the relevant link has been provided below.

 

https://northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transparency/finance/estates/

 

However, if you wish to know the identities of the owners of properties which we lease then this is information is also available by other means via the Land Registry website.  The Land Registry usually makes a small charge in respect of each search carried out.  Again a link has been provided below.

 

http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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