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Dear Wakefield City Council,

Please answer the following questions and provide the requested information:

Within the past 5 years, what research has been undertaken by the Council into the demand for adaptable and accessible housing for those with disabilities, in particularly those with mobility issues, both wheel chair and non-wheel chair bound, and those with limited or no vision? Please provide a copy of the reported findings and conclusions.

Do any new build home projects currently under construction include the building of bungalows and if so what number of these will be available for rent and what number will be available for sale? Of those available for sale, what number are classed as ‘affordable housing’? Please provide details of the number of rooms, the dimensions of rooms and doorways.

What future new build home projects will include the building of bungalows and what number of these will be available for rent and what number will be available for sale? Of those available for sale, what number are ‘affordable housing’? Please provide details of the number of rooms, the dimensions of rooms and doorways.

Do any new build home projects currently under construction include the building of homes other than bungalows that are ‘accessible’ for those with mobility issues, both wheel chair and non-wheel chair bound, and those with limited or no vision? If so please provide details of the property type, including number and dimensions of rooms and doorways, number of floors and how these meet the needs of people with this kind of disability. Also, please state what number of these properties will be available for rent and what number will be available for sale? Of those available for sale, what number are ‘affordable housing’?

What future new build home projects will include the building of homes, other than bungalows, that are ‘accessible’ for those with mobility issues, both wheel chair and non-wheel chair bound, and those with limited and no vision? Please provide details of the property type, including number and dimensions of rooms and doorways, if the properties are on the ground floor and how these properties will meet the needs of people with these kinds of disability. Also, please state what number of these properties will be available for rent and what number will be available for sale? Of those available for sale, what number will be ‘affordable housing’?

Please provide a copy of the Council’s local planning policy/policies relating to the building of homes and meeting the requirements for those with disabilities.

Regards

Peter Hebden

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Hebden,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which we received on 20 May 2019.  It is our
intention to have the response delivered to you by 18 June 2019.

 

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WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [1][Wakefield City Council request email].

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Senior Information Governance Officer

Corporate Information Governance Team,

Legal and Governance,

Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW

Email: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

Tel: 01924 306112

 

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

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Dear Mr Hebden,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find the response to your request below.

 

1.    Within the past 5 years, what research has been undertaken by the
Council into the demand for adaptable and accessible housing for those
with disabilities, in particularly those with mobility issues, both wheel
chair and non-wheel chair bound, and those with limited or no vision?
Please provide a copy of the reported findings and conclusions.

 

The Council produced a [1]Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) in
2016. This provides some evidence regarding the level of need for
specialist housing for those with disabilities. Additionally The
[2]Wakefield Supported and Specialist Housing Need Study was published in
2018. A key aim of this study is to consider the housing needs arising
from people with differing degrees of individual need linked to health,
disability, behaviour and age. It provides evidence of need to support the
introduction of Accessibility and wheelchair housing standards through the
review of the districts statutory development plan which is currently
underway.

 

2.    Do any new build home projects currently under construction include
the building of bungalows and if so what number of these will be available
for rent and what number will be available for sale?  Of those available
for sale, what number are classed as ‘affordable housing’? Please provide
details of the number of rooms, the dimensions of rooms and doorways.

 

With regard to the amount of new bungalows currently under construction in
the district the Council can provide the following information as of 1^st
April 2019. Detailed data is set out in the attached spreadsheet:

 

Number of Affordable Private
  bungalows Bunglows Bungalows
Q2. New Build 96 (on 15 sites)
Bungalows on sites 53 (on 13 sites). 9x1 bed/
that are Under (46x2 bed/ 5x3 78x2bed/ 4x3bed/
Construction 149 (on 28 sites) bed/ 2x4 bed) 5x4bed)

 

The Council does not monitor the number of rooms or the dimensions of
rooms or doorways and is unable to provide this information. Data that is
monitored (such as the number of bedrooms) is included on the spreadsheet.
Further information on these planning applications could be gathered from
analysis of the information on them available on the [3]Councils public
access system for planning applications using the planning application
reference in the attached spreadsheet.

 

3.    What future new build home projects will include the building of
bungalows and what number of these will be available for rent and what
number will be available for sale?  Of those available for sale, what
number are ‘affordable housing’? Please provide details of the number of
rooms, the dimensions of rooms and doorways.

 

With regard to sites which have full planning permission but not under
construction in the district the Council can provide the following
information as of 1^st April 2019. Detailed data is set out in the
attached spreadsheet:

 

Number of Affordable
  bungalows Bunglows Private Bungalows
Q3. New Build
Bungalows on sites 47 (on 23 sites)
that have Full 11 (on 5 sites) (27x2bed/
Permission 58 (on 28 sites) (10x2bed/ 1x4bed) 19x3bed/ 1x4bed)

 

It should be noted that the Council  does not always have full information
about which plots are affordable tenure until the plots are completed. The
Council does not monitor the number of rooms or the dimensions of rooms or
doorways and is unable to provide this information. Data that is monitored
(such as the number of bedrooms) is included on the spreadsheet. Further
information on these planning applications could be gathered from analysis
of the information on them available on the [4]Councils public access
system for planning applications using the planning application reference
in the attached spreadsheet.

 

4.    Do any new build home projects currently under construction include
the building of homes other than bungalows that are ‘accessible’ for those
with mobility issues, both wheel chair and non-wheel chair bound, and
those with limited or no vision?  If so please provide details of the
property type, including number and dimensions of rooms and doorways,
number of floors and how these meet the needs of people with this kind of
disability. Also, please state what number of these properties will be
available for rent and what number will be available for sale?  Of those
available for sale, what number are ‘affordable housing’?

 

Council monitoring records only show one scheme under construction which
includes such provision. This is for a block of 12 flats for sale aimed at
senior living. The planning application reference is 15/02888/FUL and
further details of the application are publicly available on the
[5]Councils public access system for planning applications. Monitoring
records indicate that there is no affordable provision. The developer
confirms that this scheme has level access on the ground floor and a lift
but it doesn’t specifically meet the accessibility and wheelchair housing
standards set out in optional building regulations M4(2) (accessible and
adaptable dwellings), and M4(3) (wheelchair user dwellings).

 

5.     What future new build home projects will include the building of
homes, other than bungalows, that are ‘accessible’ for those with mobility
issues, both wheel chair and non-wheel chair bound, and those with limited
and no vision?  Please provide details of the property type, including
number and dimensions of rooms and doorways, if the properties are on the
ground floor and how these properties will meet the needs of people with
these kinds of disability. Also, please state what number of these
properties will be available for rent and what number will be available
for sale?  Of those available for sale, what number will be ‘affordable
housing’?

 

Monitoring information does not show any future new build projects as of
1^st April 2019.

 

6.    Please provide a copy of the Council’s local planning
policy/policies relating to the building of homes and meeting the
requirements for those with disabilities.”

 

The Councils current adopted development plan includes Core Strategy
Policy [6]CS 6: Housing Mix, Affordability and Quality. This policy
requires that ‘All proposals for housing must provide a broad mix of
housing suitable for different household types and will show how they
reflect the district’s changing household composition in the types of
dwelling they provide, taking into account the evidence base from housing
needs surveys and strategic housing market assessments’.

 

The Council is currently preparing a new development plan called the
Wakefield District Local Plan. An initial draft was consulted on in
January and February 2019. This includes specific policies to address the
need for specialist housing for those with disabilities. Specifically the
draft plan includes:

 

·         Policy [7]WSP 7 Specialist Housing – which supports ‘Proposals
for specialist housing for older people, people with physical and learning
disabilities’.

·         Policy [8]WLP 2 Accessible Housing Standards – which will
require compliance with optional building regulations M4(2) (accessible
and adaptable dwellings), and M4(3) (wheelchair user dwellings) on sites
above the threshold set in the policy.

 

These policies will be subject to revision, further consultation and
examination by a planning inspector as the Wakefield District Local Plan
progresses through the plan preparation process. The Council anticipates
the plan will be adopted in 2021.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [9][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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