Dear East Renfrewshire Council,
May I start by apologising for mistakenly asking you for information on"Public Realm Improvement Contributions" from developers in my recent FOI request. I have since learned that I should have used the term "Developer Contributions" or perhaps "Development Contributions" and I am now submitting a fresh FOI asking for details of these. I will use the expression "developer contributions" throughout, but please take this to be synonymous with "development contributions."

Please tell me
How much money your local authority has raised from Developer Contributions in each of the last three years?
How is the money raised through Developer Contributions spent? Is it spent locally in the areas in which the development is proposed, is it spent on projects on other areas within the local authority, or does it go into the general Council pot?
How is the level of Developer Contributions calculated? For example, in the case of a housing development is it a percentage of the selling price of the house?
What is the average amount of Developer Contribution for each of a two, three, four, five and six bedroom house?
Are community groups like community councils for example consulted about how funds raised from Developer Contributions is spent?
What is the mechanism the local authority uses to gain Developer Contributions from developers?
At what stage in the planning process is the level of Developer Contributions agreed?

Yours faithfully,

John McEvoy

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Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Please find attached your FOI acknowledgement letter.

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Dawn Gibson
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Barrie, Karen, East Renfrewshire Council

Dear Mr McEvoy,

I refer to your enquiry of 10th November 2018.   Section 39(2) of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) provides that
environmental information is exempt from disclosure under FoISA, thereby
allowing any such information to be considered solely in terms of the
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIR).

In response to your enquiry, I would advise the following:

 

How much money your local authority has raised from Developer
Contributions in each of the last three years?

2015/16                £ 1,614,024.28

2016/17                £    485,226.96

2017/18                £ 1,323,631.92

 

How is the money raised through Developer Contributions spent? Is it spent
locally in the areas in which the development is proposed, is it spent on
projects on other areas within the local authority, or does it go into the
general Council pot?

It is spent locally in the areas in which the development is proposed,
information is available in our Supplementary Planning Guidance is
published on our website using the following link
[1]https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

 

How is the level of Developer Contributions calculated? For example, in
the case of a housing development is it a percentage of the selling price
of the house?

This information is available in our Supplementary Planning Guidance is
published on our website using the following link
[2]https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

 

What is the average amount of Developer Contribution for each of a two,
three, four, five and six bedroom house?

Please see our Supplementary Planning Guidance is published on our website
using the following link
[3]https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

 

Are community groups like community councils for example consulted about
how funds raised from Developer Contributions is spent?

They are consulted on our proposed local development plan policy and the
draft supplementary planning guidance which sets out how contributions are
to be spent.

 

What is the mechanism the local authority uses to gain Developer
Contributions from developers?

This information is available in our Supplementary Planning Guidance is
published on our website using the following link
[4]https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

 

At what stage in the planning process is the level of Developer
Contributions agreed?

It is ultimately agreed at the point when the legal agreement securing the
contribution is completed.  However provisional information and advice can
be given prior to this point, and often at pre-application stage.

 

East Renfrewshire Council offers the opportunity to apply to the Council
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Karen Barrie

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