Purchase of Section 106 Affordable Housing by Sage Housing

Gareth Davies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Eastbourne Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 415 authorities

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Mae'r cais yn aros am eglurhad. Os Gareth Davies ydych chi, os gwelwch yn dda, mewngofnodi i anfon neges ddilynol.

Dear Eastbourne Borough Council,

I write to you in order to request the information set out below. My request is pursuant to the FOIA.

The information requested relates to the purchase of Section 106 affordable housing units in the local authority area by the company Sage Housing over the last three years.

The information I seek is:

1) the number of applications made by Sage Housing to acquire Section 106 affordable housing units in each calendar year of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

2) the planning reference number that each application applies to

3) For each development in which Sage Housing has acquired Section 106 units between 01/01/2017 and 24/01/2020:

i) The name of the development
ii) The planning reference number
iii) The address of the development
iv) The postcode(s) of the development
v) The number of affordable units in the development
vi) The housing tenure mix (e.g social rent, affordable rent, shared ownership)
vii) The decision date (date/month/year)
viii) The date until when the units are contracted with Sage Housing to stay affordable
(date/month/year)
ix) The price paid by Sage Housing to acquire the development (if known)
x) For rental units, if the council has nomination rights to the first lets, what percentage of units will the council have nomination rights for on subsequent lets?
xi) List any requests made by Sage Housing to alter or amend the original Section 106 agreement and whether the council agreed to these.
xii) Whether the development is a completed or a forthcoming (“starts on site”) development

4) For each development please attach the viability assessment

5) For each unit acquired by Sage Housing:
i) The name of the unit’s development
ii) The unit’s address
iii) The price paid by Sage Housing to acquire the unit (if known)
iv) The Land Registry title number

Please provide the information in an excel or CSV format, with the questions and sub-questions as column headings.

If you need clarification please contact me at this email address. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Cat McShane

Access to Information,



Thank you for your information request received today.

 

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Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

Access to Information,

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Dear Mr. Davies,

 

Re: Information Request: EFOI 10540 (Eastbourne) & FOI 10541 (Lewes)

 

Thank you for your information request dated 24 January 2020 received in
our office on the same day.

 

1) the number of applications made by Sage Housing to acquire Section 106
affordable housing units in each calendar year of 2017, 2018, 2019 and
2020.

 

2) the planning reference number that each application applies to

 

3) For each development in which Sage Housing has acquired Section 106
units between  01/01/2017 and 24/01/2020:

 

4) For each development please attach the viability assessment

 

5) For each unit acquired by Sage Housing:

 

Unfortunately, I require further information in order to identify and
locate the information that you require.

 

The Council does not receive applications directly from Sage so do you
mean to ask, how many units have Sage Housing acquired from private
developers to deliver the affordable housing required and enforced through
the S106 agreements?

 

In the meantime your request has been put on hold until I receive your
reply.  If I do not hear from you within 30 working days of the date of
this email I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your
information request, and will take no further action.

 

Please contact me again, quoting your reference number, if you require any
further assistance with your current request and I will do my best to
provide the relevant help and advice. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kevin Rance
Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

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Dear Kevin,
Many thanks for your swift response and clarification question.
As suggested, I would like to know how many units have Sage Housing acquired from private
developers to deliver the affordable housing required and enforced through
the S106 agreements.

Yours sincerely,

Cat

Dear Mr. Davies,

 

Information Request:  EFOI 10540

 

Thank you for your information request dated 24 January 2020 received in
our office on the same day and your clarification received on 3 February
2020.

 

I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you.  Please find below the
information the council holds, and which I am pleased to provide to you.
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

 

I would like to know how many units have Sage Housing acquired from
private developers to deliver the affordable housing required and enforced
through the S106

 

For Eastbourne the answer is = 0

 

All other questions are not applicable

 

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Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

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EASTBOURNE

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Please contact me again, quoting your reference number, if you require any
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provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Regards,

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District
Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

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