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Property: Valuation

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency's Value Significant Code FC records a property as being (a) inside a conservation area and (b) outside but adjoining a conservation area. (198895)

Value significant codes (VSC) allow the Valuation Office Agency to record electronically property features that may have a positive or negative effect on value. The value significant code FC is recorded for properties both within a conservation area and outside but adjoining or in close proximity to a conservation area. A VSC does not necessarily signal that a property's council tax band should be altered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what types of amenity or positive facility are currently treated by the Valuation Office Agency as qualifying for a classification of Value Significant Code FO. (198923)

Value significant codes (VSC) allow the Valuation Office Agency to record electronically property features that may have a positive or negative effect on its value. Examples of the use of the code FO might include properties whose value is enhanced due to their proximity to open fields, a village green or extensive landscaped grounds. Other VSCs may indicate that a property's value is affected negatively, for example with no mains drainage or located on an unadopted road. Presence of this, or any other, VSC does not necessarily signal that a property’s council tax band should be altered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties in England are classified by the Valuation Office Agency with the Value Significant Code OS. (199141)

The VOA has not undertaken a comprehensive exercise to gather value significant coding information on all domestic dwellings in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account the Valuation Office Agency takes of the location of a property on a gated estate when revaluing it for the purposes of (a) non-domestic rates and (b) council tax. (199252)

When assessing a rateable value for non-domestic rates or a banding for council tax, the focus is on the market value of a property, whether or not it is located on a gated estate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the presence of a traveller encampment near to a property has a value significant code used by the Valuation Office Agency for the valuation of a domestic or composite hereditament. (198876)