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Dear City of York 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

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Dear [email address],
What is the reason for failing to respond to this request for information?
Regards
Peter Hebden

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

Dear Mr Hebden,

 

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with your information request. You are concerned that the Council has not
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We have now asked the service area to respond to your request as a matter
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foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Dear Mr Hebden,

 

Please see below the response to your enquiry under the Freedom of
Information Act received on 20^th May 2019. Please accept our apologies
for this late reply.

 

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.

 

In 2016 the council published its Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
This includes a chapter on supported housing and older person’s housing
need.

 

[1]https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20095/housi...

 

 

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.

 

 

Please see attached a spreadsheet that provides details of all housing
development sites within York authority area that include the provision of
bungalows still to be built within their approval. Bedroom numbers for
each consented bungalow are provided. We do not, however, record room
dimensions or doorway sizes – this detail can be viewed via public access
through the planning portal should you wish to analyse this yourself.

The council is currently building the following social housing:

 

·        A development of 5 one bedroom bungalows for social rent at
Newbury Avenue.  The bungalows comprise   3x Cat2 and 2xCat3. The
dimensions of rooms and doorways is publicly available on the planning
portal under planning application reference 18/00410/GRG3

 

An extension to an Independent Living Scheme at Marjorie Waite Court
(flats) which also includes 4 two bedroom bungalows for social rent at
Cat2 standard.  The dimensions of rooms and doorways is publicly available
on the planning portal under planning application reference 18/00082/GRG3

 

 

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.

 

 

 

In 2019 the council is due to commence building a mixed tenure development
of homes at Lowfield Green which includes 26 x 2 bedroom bungalows. The
table below gives details of these. The planning application reference is
17/02428/FULM

 

Plot Number Beds Persons m2 Tenure Accessibilty category
(Part M)
1 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
2 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
3 2 3 63.4 Social rent 2
4 2 3 63.4 Social rent 2
5 2 3 61.9 Market sale 2
6 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
7 2 3 63.4 Social rent 2
8 2 3 61.9 Shared ownership 2
9 2 3 61.9 Shared ownership 2
10 2 3 61.9 Market sale 2
11 2 3 61.9 Social rent 2
12 2 3 61.9 Social rent 2
13 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
14 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
15 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
16 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
17 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
18 2 3 63.4 Market sale 2
19 2 3 63.4 Shared ownership 2
20 2 3 63.4 Shared ownership 2
61 2 5 63.4 Market sale 2
62 2 5 63.4 Market sale 2
63 2 5 73.7 Market sale 3
64 2 5 73.7 Market sale 3
65 2 5 73.7 Social rent 3
66 2 5 73.7 Shared ownership 3

 

(please note, the information above does not include private sector
housing developments, including housing associations)

 

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’?

 

The council are currently building the following developments:

 

·        57 self-contained flats for temporary homeless accommodation at
James House, York.  Of these 4 are ground floor accessible flats with 3
built to Cat3 standards and 1 built to Cat2 standard. The planning
application reference is 17/02657/GRG3

 

·        15 new build flats at Lincoln Court Independent Living Scheme all
built to Cat2 standards.   The planning application reference is
19/00083/FULM

 

(please note, the information above does not include private sector
housing developments, including housing associations)

 

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’?

 

In 2019 the council is due to commence building a mixed tenure development
of 142 homes at Lowfield Green. It includes the bungalows previously
listed in a table above and also 18 apartments of which two will be Cat3
and 16 Cat2. The planning application reference is 17/02428/FULM

 

The Council will develop a further 7 sites (in excess of 450 homes) over
the next 5 years. At present we have not begun the design work for the
future sites and therefore do not have information on the number of units,
the tenure or the accessibility standards. The Council is aiming to
deliver all new homes to Category 2 standards. The number of Cat 3 homes
will be decided by planning policy & SHMA information along with
information from our lettings teams, our sales database and working with
colleagues in occupational health.

 

(Please note, the information above does not include private sector
housing developments, including housing associations)

 

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.

 

Please see below relevant policy details relating to the building of homes
and meeting the requirements for those with disabilities;

 

1.        Planning Policy Framework

 

National Planning Policy

2.1     The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was
published in February 2019 and its planning policies are material to the
determination of planning applications.

 

 

Development Plan

2.2     Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compensation Act 2004 requires
that determinations be made in accordance with the development plan unless
material considerations indicate otherwise. The development plan for York
comprises the saved policies of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial
Strategy (RSS) relating to the general extent of the York Green Belt.
These are policies YH9(C) and Y1 (C1 and C2) which relate to York's Green
Belt and the key diagram insofar as it illustrates general extent of the
Green Belt. It also includes the Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood
Plan which was adopted in October 2017 and the Rufforth with Knapton
Neighbourhood Plan which was adopted in December 2018. In accordance with
The Neighbourhood Plan (General) Regulations 2012, these Neighbourhood
Plans will be used when determining future planning applications within
the identified Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood Area and the
Rufforth with Knapton Neighbourhood Area.

 

2.3     The City of York Draft Local Plan Incorporating the Fourth Set of
Changes was approved for Development Management purposes in April 2005
(DCLP).  Whilst the DCLP does not form part of the statutory development
plan, its policies are considered to be capable of being material
considerations in the determination of planning applications where
policies relevant to the application are consistent with those in the NPPF
as revised in July 2018, although the weight that can be afforded to them
is very limited.

 

2.4     The Publication Draft City of York Local Plan 2018 (the emerging
plan) was submitted for examination on 25 May 2018. In accordance with
paragraph 48 of the NPPF as revised in 2019, the emerging plan policies
can be afforded weight according to:

 

a. the stage of preparation of the emerging plan (the more advanced the
preparation, the greater the weight that may be given);

b. the extent to which there are unresolved objections to relevant
policies (the less significant the unresolved objections, the greater the
weight that may be given); and

c.  the degree of consistency of the relevant policies in the emerging
plan to the policies in the previous NPPF published in March 2012. (NB:
Under transitional arrangements plans submitted for examination before 24
January 2019 will be assessed against the 2012 NPPF). 

 

2.5     The evidence base underpinning the emerging plan is also capable
of being a material consideration in the determination of planning
applications.

 

The following provides advice in relation to the application of relevant
policy, with reference to NPPF para 48.

.

a. The stage of preparation of the emerging plan

The emerging Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 25 May
2018. The emerging Plan is a material consideration in the determination
of planning applications.

 

b. The extent to which there are unresolved objections to relevant
policies

2.8     The emerging Plan was subject to publication consultation between
February and April 2018. Comments made in response to policies in the
emerging Plan have been collated and are presented as part of (CD0013A)
‘City of York Local Plan Consultation Statement (Reg 22)’ which forms part
of the local plan examination library.

 

Policy H3 ‘Balancing the Housing Market’ seeks to ensure that a mix of
housing is delivered in developments to meet the requirements as set out
in Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (2016). Comments raised in
the publication consultation included:

 

·     Several respondents considered that the policy was not legally
compliant.

·     One respondents supports the positive approach in meeting the needs
of older persons but suggest that critical mass is required to ensure
feasible.

·     Some respondents support the flexibility provided in relation to
housing mix, other suggest that greater flexibility is required on a
site-by-site basis.

·     Several respondents consider that the policy reflects only a
snapshot in time with reference to the SHMA (2016) and should be used in
this context.

 

Policy H9 ‘Older Persons Specialist Housing’ reflects the provision of
care through City of York Council and its partners working together to
enable the delivery of specialist housing including for the ageing
population. In response to the publication stage consultation some feel
that whilst house builders can provide elderly persons housing under use
class C3, the provision of extra care housing as a C2 class is more
complex and policy H9 requires further clarification on what is required
in terms of numbers and types and a demonstration of need.

 

Policy HW2 ‘New Community Facilities’, states that developments that place
additional demands on existing services will be required to provide
proportionate new or expanded community facilities to meet the needs of
existing and future occupiers. The majority of respondents feel that the
evidence base and viability assessment needs to be more rigorous and
robust and that developer contributions and the types of facilities should
be made clearer.

 

c.    The degree of consistency of the relevant policies in the emerging
plan to the policies in the Framework

 

2.33   NPPF (2019) para 214 sets out the context for plans submitted on or
before 24 January 2019, stating that policies in the previous Framework
(2012) will apply for the purpose of examining such Plans.  In developing
the emerging Plan, the Council has prepared and submitted a Soundness Self
Assessment Checklist (CD023) taking into account the requirements of the
NPPF.  The tests of soundness are set out in the Framework (NPPF, 2012
para 182): “The Local Plan will be examined by an independent inspector
whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance
with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether
it is sound. A local planning authority should submit a plan for
examination which it considers is ‘sound’ ”.  The key test is that the
Plan (and policies contained within it) is consistent with national
policy: enabling the delivery of sustainable development.

 

2.34   The policies in the emerging Plan have been written to be in
conformity with the 2012 NPPF.  The policies in the revised 2019 NPPF are
also material considerations to be taken into account in determining
planning applications ‘from the day of its publication’ (from 24 July
2018).  Importantly, the policies in the 2012 NPPF still apply to
examining plans submitted on or before 24 January 2019, which include
York’s emerging plan. 

 

In relation to Policies H3, and H9 the NPPF (2012 and 2019) seeks to
ensure that local housing needs are met through the provision of a range
of house types and sizes based on current and future demographic trends,
market trends and the differing needs of the various sectors of community
(Paras 47 and 50 (2012 and paragraph 61 of 2019 NPPF).  Local Authorities
are therefore required to identify the size, type, tenure and range of
housing that is required in particular locations reflecting local demand.
Whilst it is important to provide more homes in York, there is a need to
consider housing quality and choice in order to future proof communities
and help deliver mixed neighbourhoods. The Council’s understanding of
local need and requirements is set out in the Strategic Housing Market
Assessment (2016) evidence base, which underpins Policies H3 and H9. It is
therefore considered that these policies are in conformity with the
requirements set out in the NPPF.

 

Section 8 of the 2012 NPPF ‘promoting healthy communities’ (paras 69‐77)
and section 8 of the new NPPF (2019) (paras 91-93) encourages Local
Authorities to proactively support the development of accessible community
facilities that meet the needs of exiting and future residents. It also
states at paragraph 69 (2012 NPPF) that policies should aim to design
places which: promote community interaction, including through mixed use
development; are safe and accessible environments; and are accessible
developments. Local Plan Policy HW2.

 

 

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City of York Council  |  Customer Complaints & Feedback Team, Customer &
Corporate Services

West Offices | Station Rise | York YO1 6GA

[5]www.york.gov.uk | [6]facebook.com/cityofyork | [7]@CityofYork

 

 

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