Impact of Hoylake Golf Resort enabling housing development on local housing market

Michael Dixon made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

The proposed Hoylake Golf Resort includes an enabling development of housing on Greenbelt land. This was quantified by David Ball in January 2017, in response to questions by Margaret Greenwood, M.P., as "160 housing units and 40 apartments ... within Band H".

As part of due diligence and of the overall business case, what study was made of the need for such housing and of its impact on the local housing market in this Council Tax band?

Yours faithfully,
Michael Dixon

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Dixon

 

Thank you for your EIR request dated 23rd May 2017 (ref EIR 1181379) in
which you asked:

 

"…As part of due diligence and of the overall business case, what study
was made of the need for such housing and of its impact on the local
housing market in this Council Tax band?"

 

As part of the procurement of a Preferred Developer for the Hoylake Golf
Resort project and to ensure the Council could conduct an informed
dialogue with prospective partners, a study was undertaken into the local
residential market which analysed current market conditions and
illustrated demand for housing associated with golf courses across both
the UK and Europe. This study also analysed new build sales and the
availability of re-sale homes and their selling prices locally. Demand
exists for this specific housing segment and major house-builders concur
with this conclusion through their own research and assessment of latent
and potential demand. 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 6BL

[1]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

[3]LGC Awards15_Winner_MIP

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

In your response to my request for information concerning the impact on the local housing market of a luxury housing development on Green Belt land as the pre-condition of the Hoylake Golf Resort, you inform me that a study into demand was undertaken by the Council.

Please publish or send links to this study.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Dixon

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Dixon

 

I write further to your follow up email in which you asked:

 

“In your response to my request for information concerning the impact on
the local housing market of a  luxury housing development on Green Belt
land as the pre-condition of the Hoylake Golf Resort, you inform me that a
study into demand was undertaken by the Council.  Please publish or send
links to this study.”

 

Wirral Council confirms that a study was undertaken to gauge local demand
and to highlight the residential values that such a development could
potentially generate for the project.  That study has not been published
as it is considered to be commercially sensitive and is exempt under EIR
Regulation 12 (5)(e) which provides information can be withheld "where it
would adversely affect the confidentiality of commercial or industrial
information, where such confidentiality is provided by law to protect a
legitimate economic interest"

 

The Council considers that the requested information has the necessary
quality of confidence. The information relates to expected house price
demand and other price sensitive material, it is not trivial and is not in
the public domain. The confidentiality is provided to protect legitimate
economic interests, namely, that of the third party who provided the
information to the Council . Disclosure of the information to a member of
the public would cause harm both to the Council and to the third party.

 

Public Interest Test

Factors in favour of disclosing the requested  information

•             The public interest in disclosure to promote transparency
and accountability of public authorities

Factors in favour of maintaining the exception

•             Disclosure would undermine the relationship between the
Council and a third party

•             Disclosure would adversely affect the Council’s ability to
obtain confidential information and prejudice the commercial interest of
the third party.

•             Disclosure would affect the Council’s ability to seek
information in future, if it were known, that that information could  be
disclosed to a member of the public.

 

You have the right under Regulation 11 (1) of the EIR to make
representations to the Council if you consider that the Council has failed
to comply with the Regulations in relation to your request. Any
representations should be addressed in the first instance to which should
be sent to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]. If you remain dissatisfied
with the Councils’ response, you may raise your concerns with the
Information Commissioner at

[2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[3]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[4][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

[5]LGC Awards15_Winner_MIP

 

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   You are free
to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Your response, citing EIR Regulation 12 (5)(e), is the one to be expected. I do not accept it in this case and I think that you use it far too often.
However, it is not worth pursuing further.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Dixon