Purchase of Section 106 Affordable Housing by Sage Housing

Gareth Davies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Stoke on Trent City Council as part of a batch sent to 415 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Stoke on Trent City 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

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear McShane

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85993

 

Thank you for your request for information about the purchase of Section
106 affordable housing units.  Your request was received by the
Information Rights Team on 24 January 2020.  This is being dealt with
under the terms of the appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

In some circumstances we may charge for information.  If there is a charge
we will let you know, as you will be required to pay this before we deal
with your request.

 

Some information does not have to be released under this legislation.  We
will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
possible.  If another person or organisation is named in the information,
we may have to ask their opinion before we decide what we can give you.

 

You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 21
February 2020 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory
deadline.

 

For your information we may publish the response to your request on our
City Council's website, which can be found at the following address:
[1]www.stoke.gov.uk.

 

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [2]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street

Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

t 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

e [3][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms McShane

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85993 about the purchase of Section
106 affordable housing units

 

We have now considered your request and our response is below.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes. Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

Unfortunately, the planning department does not hold any records with
regards to applications to purchase, or the completion of purchases, any
privately owned affordable housing units constructed by private
developers. This does not fall within the remit of the planning
department.

 

A search of the planning records has shown that Sage Housing have not
made, or acted as an agent for, any planning applications received by the
LPA. Furthermore, the most recent planning applications that have
contained a s106 agreement to deliver on site affordable housing provision
were signed in 2014 and 2015, i.e. before the period requested.

 

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Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
ST4 1HH, or email [1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

Dear Stoke on Trent City 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

 

 

Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [6]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [7]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [8]App Store and on
[9]Google Play

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

 

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
2. http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public
3. https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/
4. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
5. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
6. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
7. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
8. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
9. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...