FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

12 December 2018

The Government has given increased backing to community led housing, a sector made up of organisations like housing co-operatives, cohousing groups, community land trusts, tenant management organisations and self-help housing groups.

 

  • Does the council have any policies or ones in development to support community led housing? If so, what are they and where do they appear?
  • Since 2010 how many grants and/or loans has the council given to community led housing groups or organisations?
  • Since 2010 how many land disposals or leases has the council made to community led housing groups or organisations?
  • Do you have dedicated staff to support community led housing? If so, what are their job titles?

 



East Herts Council Response

13 December 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

09 January 2019

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

  • Does the council have any policies or ones in development to support community led housing? If so, what are they and where do they appear?
  • Policy HOU8 in the District Plan relates to Self-Build and Community Build Housing which could include community led housing. https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/media/30943/East-Herts-District-Plan/PDF/SUB.001_East_Herts_District_Plan.pdf see page 182
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  • The draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (which will be consulted on from 2 Jan – 13 Feb 2019) contains a section on Community Housing (Section 13). This sets out the Council’s support for Custom Led and Community Led Housing. https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/affordablehousingspd

 

  • Since 2010 how many grants and/or loans has the council given to community led housing groups or organisations?

 

We have not given any grants or land to Community Led Housing Groups.

 

  • Since 2010 how many land disposals or leases has the council made to community led housing groups or organisations?

See attachment

 

  • Do you have dedicated staff to support community led housing? If so, what are their job titles?

 We do not have any dedicated staff for this function but there is knowledge of this area within our planning and housing teams

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.