Does the Council have a policy to build homes to the 16 design criteria of the
Lifetime Homes Standard in its current planning policies?
In each of the last six years, how many homes have been built to the standards of meeting every criteria of the Lifetime Homes Standard?
After consideration, please find below responses to your requests:
1. “Does the Council have a policy to build homes to the 16 design criteria of the Lifetime Homes Standard in its current planning policies?”
This information can be obtained in the Council's current development plan, the Brentwood Replacement Local Plan (Adopted 2005), saved Policy H16: 'Lifetime Homes', which can be accessed via the Council's website at http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=49
2. “In each of the last six years, how many homes have been built to the standards of meeting every criteria of the Lifetime Homes Standard?”
A set of output indicators and targets for the monitoring of policies in the current development plan are set out in Chapter 13 of the Replacement Local Plan (Adopted 2005). Policy H16: 'Lifetime Homes' has not been set a target and is not monitored, either because its monitoring has been considered inappropriate or the means of effective monitoring are not available. Therefore, unfortunately the information you require is not available. I have to inform you that the cost to the Council of determining the information it holds within the scope of the request, locating and retrieving it, and extracting the information covered by the request, as well as examining each individual document, would in our estimate exceed the cost limit under section 12(1) and Regulations 3(3) and 4(3) of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (appropriate limit and fees), Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3244). In accordance with the guidance of the Information Commissioner, this includes the cost of collating any information covered by the requests that is subject to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
Under the Act the Council has the right to decline to comply with a request, where appropriate limit is exceeded. In this case, the Council has decided that your request (numbered 2) exceeds the cost limit set out in the Act. You may wish to consider trying to make your request more specific so that retrieval of the information will be easier, and so reduce costs.