Strategic Housing Market Assessment Contract with David Coutie Associates

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I understand from documents on your web site that EDDC (together with Exeter, Teignbridge and Mid Devon councils) have contracted with David Coutie Associates (DCA) for them to develop a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the Exeter Housing Market Area, and that this report was due to be delivered to the EDDC Planning Policy Manager (PPM) in June 2014.

In his recent report to DMC section 3, the PPM states that there are 6 stages in the process to develop the SHMA, and that DCA have completed only the first stage.

Can the Planning Policy Manager, Matt Dickson, please confirm:

1. What were the detailed reasons provided by DCA for non-delivery of the SHMA in June 2014 as promised?

2. What reasons were provided by DCA for not having provided earlier warning that the SHMA would not be delivered in June 2014?

3. Is DCA still committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original agreed costs?

4. If DCA is indeed still committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original costs, what is their revised committed date for delivery of the SHMA?

5. If DCA is no longer committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original costs, what is the alternative plan to deliver the SHMA (i.e. overall approach, timescales and additional costs)?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

P Freeman

Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

Mr Freeman

Thank you for your request for information. Please find requested detail below. Please note that these answers are provided on behalf of EDDC only.

1. What were the detailed reasons provided by DCA for non-delivery of the SHMA in June 2014 as promised?
No specific detailed reasons provided - no information held.

2. What reasons were provided by DCA for not having provided earlier warning that the SHMA would not be delivered in June 2014?
No specific reasons provided - no information held

3. Is DCA still committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original agreed costs?
Yes the work will be produced but in response to new guidance by the Planning Advisory Service the commissioning authorities have decided it is sensible to commission a supplementary piece of work looking at potential economic growth and possible housing needs arising from this

4. If DCA is indeed still committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original costs, what is their revised committed date for delivery of the SHMA?
We are working to an amended timetable of October

5. If DCA is no longer committed to deliver the SHMA within the existing contract and original costs, what is the alternative plan to deliver the SHMA (i.e. overall approach, timescales and additional costs)?
See earlier answers.

I hope this information is helpful.

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Regards

Mrs Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 517417
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