FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

06 November 2020

As you may be aware the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) places a number of obligations on all relevant authorities. These include:

1. To keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to build their own homes in the authority’s area and to have regard to those registers in carrying out their planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.
2. To publicise its register.
3. To give suitable development permission in respect of enough serviced plots to meet the demand.

I am writing to you on behalf of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) to request the answers to the questions that are set out below. In setting out the data request I have focussed on information of direct relevance to the implementation and required delivery under the Act. The responses should therefore be readily reportable back to us within the £450 / 18 hour limit for a Freedom of Information Act Request.

Unfortunately, your online form does not display tables so for your ease of use I have added a link below through which this request can also be accessed in Word format. Please click on
https://nacsba.org.uk/news/right-to-build-registers-foi/
and then on ‘Click to Access the FOI Request’.


PART 1 REGISTER NUMBERS

Registers are separated into lists of Individuals and of Groups of Individuals. These are reported separately. In the case of Groups, we are also keen to understand the numbers of individuals within the Groups. Where that number is not known we assume a group to be made up of 5 individuals.

Important Notes in completing the returns

(1) The split into Part 1 and Part 2 is only relevant where and when a local connection test is in place.
(2) This number is the total on the Registers at the start of the year. This should be the same as the numbers reported to NaCSBA as part of the previous year’s FOI request.
(3) In most cases there will be no prior year adjustment. However, some authorities may have taken action in the current year that has affected those who joined the Register in previous years. Entries may have been removed or moved between parts of the Register.
(4) In most cases there will be no changes made to those joining the Register in the year. However some authorities may have taken action in the current year that has affected those who joined the Register this year. Entries may have been removed or moved between parts of the Register.


TABLE 1.1 – NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS (EXCLUDING THOSE IN GROUPS)

Single Register Part 1 Part 2 Total
[Number] [Number] [Number] [Number]
[1] [1] [1]
______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2019
(as previously reported) (2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Prior year adjustments (if any)
(3)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2019
(restated)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Additions between 31 October 2019 and
30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Changes to individual Registrations between
31 October 2019 and 30 October 2020
(if any) (4)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________


TABLE 1.2 – GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS (THE NUMBER OF GROUPS)

Single Register Part 1 Part 2 Total
[Number] [Number] [Number] [Number]
[1] [1] [1]
______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Group Registrations as at 30 October
2019 (as previously reported) (2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Prior year adjustments (if any)
(3)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Group Registrations as at 30 October
2019 (restated)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Additions between 31 October 2019 and
30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Changes to Groupl Registrations between
31 October 2019 and 30 October 2020
(if any) (4)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Group Registrations as at 30 October
2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________


TABLE 1.3 – THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN GROUPS (IF KNOWN)

Single Register Part 1 Part 2 Total
[Number] [Number] [Number] [Number]
[1] [1] [1]
______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2019
(as previously reported) (2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Prior year adjustments (if any)
(3)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2019
(restated)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Additions between 31 October 2019 and
30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Changes to individual Registrations between
31 October 2019 and 30 October 2020
(if any) (4)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Registrations as at 30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________


PART 2 PLOTS TO BE PERMISSIONED BASED ON NUMBERS ON REGISTERS

The numbers added to Registers for any base period must be at least matched by the number of suitable permissions granted in the three years after the end of the base period. Groups are entitled to have their needs met on a single site that may include a number of individual plots. There is no requirement to match those on Registers with specific plots.

Important Notes
(1) The permissions required represent the numbers joining the register during the relevant base period.
(2) Relevant permissions granted in each of the three years after the end of the base period can be used to match the permissions required. If insufficient permissions are granted the result is a shortfall.
(3) If the number of relevant permissions granted is greater than the numbers joining the registers in the relevant base period those permissions are unallocated (and in some cases may be used to match those joining registers in later base periods).
(4) Each Group should be accommodated on its own site which will consist of a number of plots.


TABLE 2.1 – NUMBER OF RELEVANT PERMISSIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL PLOTS (EXCLUDING THOSE FOR GROUPS)

Base Period 1 Base Period 2 Unallocated
(period ending 30 (year ended 30 permissions
October 2016) October 2017)
______________________________________________________________________________________
Permissions Required to meet XXXXXXXXXXX
legislative duty for individuals (1) XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2017 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2018
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2019
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant Permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2020 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Relevant permissions granted
(2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Shortfall of permissions for individuals
(if any)
_______________________________________________________________________________________


TABLE 2.2 – NUMBER OF RELEVANT PERMISSIONS FOR SITES FOR GROUPS (SHOWING NUMBER OF GROUPS) (4)

Base Period 1 Base Period 2 Unallocated
(period ending 30 (year ended 30 permissions
October 2016) October 2017)
______________________________________________________________________________________
Permissions Required to meet XXXXXXXXXXX
legislative duty for Groups (1) XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2017 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2018
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2019
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant Permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2020 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Relevant permissions granted
(2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Shortfall of sites for Groups
(if any)
_______________________________________________________________________________________


TABLE 2.3 – NUMBER OF RELEVANT INDIVIDUAL PLOT PERMISSIONS FOR GROUPS (IE NUMBERS IN GROUPS) (4)

Base Period 1 Base Period 2 Unallocated
(period ending 30 (year ended 30 permissions
October 2016) October 2017)
______________________________________________________________________________________
Permissions Required to meet XXXXXXXXXXX
legislative duty for Groups (1) XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2017 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2018
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant permissions granted
Y/e 30 October 2019
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Relevant Permissions granted XXXXXXXXXXX
Y/e 30 October 2020 XXXXXXXXXXX
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Total Relevant permissions granted
(2)
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Shortfall of plots for Groups
(if any)
_______________________________________________________________________________________


PART 3 OTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED



QUESTION 3.1

Have you met your statutory duty for the following base periods. Note this information should follow from the responses to Q2.[Yes / Not yet].


TABLE 3.1 – PERFORMANCE AGAINST STATUTORY DUTY

Individuals Groups Overall
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Base period 1
Period ending 30 October 2019
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Base Period 2
Period ending 30 October 2020
_______________________________________________________________________________________

Where a shortfall has occurred please set out your plans to address any shortfall that has occurred.


QUESTION 3.2

Have you introduced a local connection test? [yes/no]
a. If so, from what date did this apply? [date]
b. If so, please supply the supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out the rationale for introducing the test. [free text]
c. If so, please provide supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out any reviews undertaken post introduction to assess and review the impact of the test. [free text]


QUESTION 3.3

Have you introduced a financial viability test? [yes/no]

a. If so, from what date did this apply? [date]
b. If so, please supply the supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out the rationale for introducing the test. [free text]
c. If so, please provide supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out any reviews undertaken post introduction to assess and review the impact of the test. [free text]


QUESTION 3.4

Have you implemented charges for your Register? [yes/no]
a. If so, what is the current charge (amount, frequency)? [free text]
b. If so, from what date was a charge first applied? [date]
c. If so, please supply the supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out the rationale for introducing the charge, and the basis for the current charge. [free text]
d. If so, please provide supporting documentation (or a link to the documentation) setting out any reviews undertaken post introduction to assess and review the charges. [free text]


QUESTION 3.5

Have the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) operated at any time since 30 October 2016? [yes/no]
a. If so when was CIL introduced? [date]
b. If relevant, how many Self Build Exemptions did you issue in relation to individual plots during each of the following periods (note: some self build may also be exempt as affordable housing):
Period Self Build Exemptions
____________________________________________________
31 October to 30 October 2017
____________________________________________________
31 October 2017 to 30 October 2018
____________________________________________________
31 October 2018 to 30 October 2019
____________________________________________________
31 October 2019 to 31 October 2020
_________________________________



East Herts Council Response

30 November 2020

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

Please se attached document for our response

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/

 

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Thank you for your request.