Derelict Buildings (Derry)

Northern Ireland written question – answered am ar 6 Rhagfyr 2004.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Mr John Hume Mr John Hume Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings in Spencer road in Derry are classified as derelict; what estimate he has made of the value in rates that these buildings would contribute if they were brought back into use as business premises; and how many of these buildings are in Government ownership.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Government do not hold information on the number of buildings on Spencer road that are classified as derelict. Valuation and Lands Agency has confirmed that derelict property does not appear in the Valuation List, as it is not capable of occupation. The Valuation and Lands Agency only assesses the rateable value of such property if and when it becomes capable of occupation. No estimates are made of potential rates liability except in the case of buildings which are to be refurbished for future Government occupation and which are to be subject to an economic appraisal. No such estimates have been prepared for buildings on Spencer Road.

In relation to property in Government ownership, the Department for Social Development owns the Distillery Brae site, which fronts onto Spencer road and comprises 11 vacant and derelict buildings, and a site at the junction of Spencer road and Lower Fountain Hill, comprising 350 sq m of land.

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