Freedom of information response

Accessible Housing Information

Publication date: 
Thursday 26 November 2020
Request: 

1) Please state which local authority you are answering on behalf of:

2) Is your current local plan: (select one)

☒ Approved in the new of local plans (subject or not subject to certain modifications) – Please move to question 5

☐ Currently under consultation – Please move to question 5

☐ Currently under review by the Planning Inspectorate – Please move to question 5

☐ The old plan is still in force (pre-2015) – Please continue to question 3

☐ Other (please specify) –

- If you answered “other” please continue to question 3

3) Does your local plan require a target for accessible and adaptable houses?

☐ Yes – Please continue to question 4

☐ No – Please move to questions 8a-b

4) What were the targets for accessible and/or adaptable housing as set out in your local plan?

Please continue to questions 9a-d

5) Did your local plan require a target for accessible and adaptable dwellings, M4(2) or lifetime homes standard, and/or wheelchair user dwellings, M4(3), before it was reviewed by the planning inspectorate for approval?

☐ Yes – Please continue to questions 6a-d

☐ No – Please move to questions 8a-b

6a) What was the target for M4(2) homes as set out in the local plan before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

6b) What was the target for M4(3) homes as set out in the local plan before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

6c) If the local plan referred to the lifetime homes standard, what was the target set for this before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

6d) Were any of the targets specified above amended by the planning inspectorate in the review stage?

☐ Yes – Please continue to questions 7a-d

☐ No – Please move to questions 9a-d

7a) What was the target for M4(2) homes changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7b) What was the target for M4(3) homes changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7c) If the local plan referred to the lifetime homes standard, what was the target changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7d) What were the reasons given by the inspectorate for removing or amending these targets? Please select all that apply.                 

☐ High cost                               

☐ Lack of need assessment in the local area

☐ Not included in the viability assessment

☐ Other (please specify)

–  Please move on to questions 9a-d

8a) What were the main reasons for the local plan not setting any targets for accessible and adaptable dwellings, M4(2), and wheelchair user dwellings, M4(3)? Please select all that apply.

☐ Cost/viability

☐ Lack of information on the need in the local area

☐ There are other priorities for the local plan (i.e. economic development)

☐ Lack of assessed need in the local area

☐ Not aware of optional accessibility standards (i.e. M4(2) and M4(3))

☐ Other (please specify)

8b) If your current local plan does not specify any targets for accessible and adaptable housing in the area, are targets included in other ways?

☐ Yes, it is negotiated with the developer on site – Please continue to questions 9a-d

☐ No, we do not set targets at all – Please move on to question 10

☐ Other (please specify)

–  If you answered “other”, please continue to questions 9a-d

9a) Are you aware of developers who do not adhere to the accessibility targets negotiated on site or targets specified in the local plan?

☐ Yes – Please continue to question 9b  

☐ No – Please move on to question 10

9b) Please provide an estimate for the proportion of developers who do not adhere to accessibility targets.

☐ Less than 10%

☐ 10-24%

☐ 25-49%

☐ 50-75%

☐ More than 75%

9c) What was the main reason for developers not adhering to the accessibility targets?

☐ Cost/viability

☐ No reason given by the developer

☐ Other (please specify) -

9d) What did the local authority do to challenge this? Please specify.

–  Please continue to question 10

10) Would you be willing to be contacted by a member of the CSJ team regarding this information?

☐ Yes – Please continue to question 11

☐ No – End of survey

11) Please provide either a phone number or an email address.

Response: 

1) Please state which local authority you are answering on behalf of: Thurrock Borough Council

2) Is your current local plan: (select one)

☐ Approved in the new of local plans (subject or not subject to certain modifications) – Please move to question 5

☐ Currently under consultation – Please move to question 5

☐ Currently under review by the Planning Inspectorate – Please move to question 5

☒ The old plan is still in force (pre-2015) – Please continue to question 3

☐ Other (please specify) –

- If you answered “other” please continue to question 3

3) Does your local plan require a target for accessible and adaptable houses?

☒ Yes – Please continue to question 4

☐ No – Please move to questions 8a-b

4) What were the targets for accessible and/or adaptable housing as set out in your local plan? Please continue to questions 9a-d

3% of new dwellings on developments of 30 dwellings or more should be built to full wheelchair standards

All new dwellings to meet Lifetime Homes standard

5) Did your local plan require a target for accessible and adaptable dwellings, M4(2) or lifetime homes standard, and/or wheelchair user dwellings, M4(3), before it was reviewed by the planning inspectorate for approval?

☒ Yes – Please continue to questions 6a-d

☐ No – Please move to questions 8a-b

6a) What was the target for M4(2) homes as set out in the local plan before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

            Same as adopted

6b) What was the target for M4(3) homes as set out in the local plan before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

                Same as adopted

6c) If the local plan referred to the lifetime homes standard, what was the target set for this before the plan was reviewed by the planning inspectorate? If not applicable, please enter N/A.

                Same as adopted

6d) Were any of the targets specified above amended by the planning inspectorate in the review stage?

☐ Yes – Please continue to questions 7a-d

☒ No – Please move to questions 9a-d

7a) What was the target for M4(2) homes changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7b) What was the target for M4(3) homes changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7c) If the local plan referred to the lifetime homes standard, what was the target changed to by the planning inspectorate?

7d) What were the reasons given by the inspectorate for removing or amending these targets? Please select all that apply.                 

☐ High cost                               

☐ Lack of need assessment in the local area

☐ Not included in the viability assessment

☐ Other (please specify)

–  Please move on to questions 9a-d

8a) What were the main reasons for the local plan not setting any targets for accessible and adaptable dwellings, M4(2), and wheelchair user dwellings, M4(3)? Please select all that apply.

☐ Cost/viability

☐ Lack of information on the need in the local area

☐ There are other priorities for the local plan (i.e. economic development)

☐ Lack of assessed need in the local area

☐ Not aware of optional accessibility standards (i.e. M4(2) and M4(3))

☐ Other (please specify)

8b) If your current local plan does not specify any targets for accessible and adaptable housing in the area, are targets included in other ways?

☐ Yes, it is negotiated with the developer on site – Please continue to questions 9a-d

☐ No, we do not set targets at all – Please move on to question 10

☐ Other (please specify)

–  If you answered “other”, please continue to questions 9a-d

9a) Are you aware of developers who do not adhere to the accessibility targets negotiated on site or targets specified in the local plan?

☐ Yes – Please continue to question 9b  

☒ No – Please move on to question 10

9b) Please provide an estimate for the proportion of developers who do not adhere to accessibility targets.

☐ Less than 10%

☐ 10-24%

☐ 25-49%

☐ 50-75%

☐ More than 75%

9c) What was the main reason for developers not adhering to the accessibility targets?

☐ Cost/viability

☐ No reason given by the developer

☐ Other (please specify) -

9d) What did the local authority do to challenge this? Please specify.

–  Please continue to question 10

10) Would you be willing to be contacted by a member of the CSJ team regarding this information?

☐ Yes – Please continue to question 11

☒ No – End of survey

11) Please provide either a phone number or an email address.

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Request reference:
FOI 10399