Follow-up to previous question re: Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding

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Dear South Norfolk District Council,

Many thanks for your prompt and detailed response to my previous enquiry (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...).

By way of follow-up, could you please clarify the following:

1. The number of entries *added* to the self-build register during the following periods:

Up to and including 30/10/2016
31/10/2016-30/10/2017
31/10/2017-30/10/2018
31/10/2018-30/10/2019
31/10/2019 to date

2. The number of planning permissions granted that meet the definition of self-build and custom housebuilding provided in Section 1 (A1)* of the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by The Housing and Planning Act 2016) (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015...) during the following periods:

31/10/2016-30/10/2019
31/10/2017 to date
31/10/2018 to date
31/10/2019 to date

* Section 1 (A1) defines self-build and custom housebuilding as "the building or completion by – (a)individuals, (b)associations of individuals, or (c)persons working with or for individuals or associations of individuals, of houses to be occupied as homes by those individuals.

3. How many single-dwelling permissions have been counted in the figures provided in response to question 2, for each of the four periods listed.

4. How many permissions have been counted in the figures provided in response to question 2 that the Council has evidence (e.g. through s106 agreements) have contributed or will contribute towards the delivery of self-build and custom housebuilding in the District, again for each of the four periods listed.

Yours faithfully,

N Cook

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Niall

 

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may be aware that we have to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI)
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Dear Niall

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request to which I am now in a
position to respond. My response is outlined below along with your
questions for ease of reference.

 

1. The number of entries *added* to the self-build register during the
following periods:

 

Up to and including 30/10/2016

31/10/2016-30/10/2017 – 156 (with a duty to provide 97 planning
permissions)

31/10/2017-30/10/2018 – 107 (with a duty to provide 107 planning
permissions)

31/10/2018-30/10/2019 – 109 (with a duty to provide 109 planning
permissions)

31/10/2019 to date – 7

 

2) The number of planning permissions granted that include development
that could be self-build and custom build housebuilding in accordance with
the definition:

 

31/10/16 – 30/10/19  -  267

31/10/17  to date  -  185

31/10/18 to date  - 97

31/10/19 to date  -  10 

 

3) Planning permissions for single dwellings:   

 

31/10/16 – 30/10/19  - 238

31/10/17  to date  - 167

31/10/18 to date  -  88

31/10/19 to date  - 10    

 

4) We do not have any planning permissions that are secured as self-build
or custom build housebuilding through a Section 106 agreement.

 

 

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Please quote FOI 19-628 in any further correspondence concerning this
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Regards

 

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer & Deputy Monitoring Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]  

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From: Right2Know
Sent: 12 December 2019 16:09
To: Niall Cook <[FOI #626919 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request 19-628 - Follow-up to previous
question re: Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding

 

Dear Niall

 

Thank you for your request of information which is being considered. You
may be aware that we have to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI)
requests within 20 working days and as soon as is reasonably practicable,
therefore you will receive a response by Monday 13^th January 2020 or
earlier.

 

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of the information may not be released. You will be informed if this is
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Regards

 

Chelsea Lee

Business Support Apprentice

 t 01508 533 866  e [8][email address]  

 

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Dear Emma,

Thank you for your response to my request.

I note that you did not provide a figure for the number of entries added to the self-build register up to and including 30/10/2016. You had previously advised that there were 112 people on the register at 30/10/2016, so can I assume that this is also the number that were added up to 30/10/2016?

Re: question 4, I provided the example of a Section 106 agreement as one possible method the Council might have used to ensure permissions for self-build and custom housebuilding meet the definitions in the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended). I note that you have answered that no planning permissions for self-build and custom housebuilding have been secured through Section 106 agreements, but that may only be one source of evidence (others might include Unilateral Undertakings, for example). Can you please confirm whether the Council has *any* evidence that any of the permissions counted in your answer to question 2 have contributed or will contribute towards the delivery of self-build and custom housebuilding in the District, as defined by the Act? If so, how many in each of the four periods requested?

Your sincerely,

Mr N Cook

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Niall

I will follow this up with the relevant team and get back to you.

Regards

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer & Deputy Monitoring Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]

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Dear Emma,

Thank you.

Could you also please clarify if the number of permissions provided in the response to question 2 are the number of applications for planning permission that were granted, or the number of dwellings that planning permissions were granted for?

If the former, could you please also provide numbers for the latter for each period please.

Many thanks,

Mr N Cook

Dear Emma,

Apologies, but I have one more clarification.

In your response to question 1, you state:

"31/10/2016-30/10/2017 – 156 (with a duty to provide 97 planning permissions)"

Could you please clarify why there is a difference between the number of people added to the self-build register between 31/10/2016 and 30/10/2017 and the number of dwellings for which planning permission was required to be granted (between 31/10/2017 and 30/10/2020, I presume), but not for the other base periods.

Yours sincerely,

Niall Cook

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Niall

I confirm that the 30/10/16 figure was 112. I am still waiting for further clarification on the other points you raised.

Regards

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]

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Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Further to my email below, I can advise that we have evidence that some of the properties will contribute towards delivery as they have claimed self-build exemption, however this is not a comprehensive list as some properties are not CIL liable, some are only for outline and therefore do not have a CIL charge yet and some have not requested the exemption yet as they have not yet started. This does not secure them as self build properties as people can subsequently sell the properties and pay the CIL amount.

The numbers of dwellings included in the figures already given, that currently have self-build exemption are as follows:

31/10/16 – 30/10/17 - 48

31/10/17 – 30/10/18 - 43

31/10/18 – 30/10/19 - 31

31/10/19 to date - 5

Regards

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
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Dear Emma,

Thank you for your responses so far. I think we still have some outstanding questions that have not yet been answered, and one that has been answered incorrectly. Please see below.

1. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Could you also please clarify if the number of permissions provided in the response to question 2 are the number of applications for planning permission that were granted, or the number of dwellings that planning permissions were granted for? If the former, could you please also provide numbers for the latter for each period please.

NB. For reference the periods required are:

31/10/2016-30/10/2019
31/10/2017 to date
31/10/2018 to date
31/10/2019 to date

2. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

In your response to question 1, you state: "31/10/2016-30/10/2017 – 156 (with a duty to provide 97 planning permissions)"

Could you please clarify why there is a difference between the number of people added to the self-build register between 31/10/2016 and 30/10/2017 and the number of dwellings for which planning permission was required to be granted (between 31/10/2017 and 30/10/2020, I presume), but not for the other base periods.

3. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

In this response you have provided numbers for the base periods, not for the subsequent three year periods which is what was requested. Can you please confirm how many dwellings currently have self-build exemptions for which planning permission was granted *during* the following periods:

31/10/2016-30/10/2019
31/10/2017 to date
31/10/2018 to date
31/10/2019 to date

Yours sincerely,

Niall Cook

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

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Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Niall

My colleague has provided the response below:

The answers given in question 2 were the number of planning applications and not the number of dwellings.

The number of dwellings are as follows:

31/10/2016-30/10/2019 - 324
31/10/2017 to date - 230
31/10/2018 to date - 115
31/10/2019 to date - 10

The difference in the number of people added to the self build register and the number of dwellings for which planning permission was required is that during the period from 8/12/16 to 28/7/17 the Council operated a local connection test under which only people with a local connection generated a requirement to provide a planning permission. This was stopped in response to new government guidance.

The self build exemption numbers are as follows:

31/10/2016-30/10/2019 - 122
31/10/2017 to date - 79
31/10/2018 to date - 36
31/10/2019 to date - 5

regards

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
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