I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please send me:
Details of your authority’s target for affordable homes per residential application (for example 40%)
The number of consented and refused residential applications (above 10 units) on brownfield sites for the past 2 years and the percentage of units classed as affordable for the consented sites
The number of consented and refused residential applications (above 10 units) on greenfield / Green Belt sites for the past 2 years and the percentage of units classed as affordable for the consented
I can advise you that the information you require is below:
Affordable housing provision is set out in Policy H9 of the adopted Brentwood Replacement Local Plan (2005). This can be viewed on the Council's website at
The Council holds an online database of planning files which is updated daily and contains the information you have requested in relation to planning applications granted for residential use (above 10 units) over the past two years.
The information can be obtained through an analysis of publically available information that can be accessed via the Council's website. This can be carried out through the use of the advanced planning application search tool located at
To assist you in the use of the search tool please note the following fields will be of particular relevance:
Decision: Application Permitted / Application Refused / Approve (Subject to Section 106)
Development Type: Large scale Major Dev - Dwellings (200 units or 4 ha or more site area) / Smallscale Major Dev -Dwellings (10 to 199 units or 0.5 to less than 4 ha site area)
Decision Date: Enter desired date range
In addition, the Council annually monitors the amount of new housing that has been built, is under construction or has planning permission, but where construction has not yet started. Residential data is monitored by financial year, i.e. 01 April to 31 March.
The data includes a breakdown of residential applications by size/capacity, indicates whether the site is previously developed land (brownfield) and provides information on the supply and completion of affordable housing, amongst other things. This information is published on the Council’s website and can be viewed on the Council’s DataShare site, which provides data in an "open format" that is reusable and available to everyone for social or commercial purposes.
Data relating to the Council's DataShare site for 'Planning Services and Monitoring' is available to view using the link below:
The residential monitoring data was last updated for the monitoring period ending 31 March 2015. Available data is published as soon as possible and the publication of the 2015/16 residential data will take place shortly. Further monitoring information can be found on the Council's website at