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FOI 13892

Planning: Isolated homes in the countryside

Request

This is a Freedom of Information request about planning applications and approvals for new, isolated homes in the countryside, by your council.

Context:

Under the previous government planning guidelines PPS7, introduced in 2004, local planning authorities could approve new, isolated homes in the countryside based on the 'exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design,' where it was 'truly outstanding
and ground-breaking.' (PPS7, Paragraph 11).

Under the current National Policy Planning Framework, local authorities can still approve new isolated homes in the countryside based on 'the exceptional quality or innovative nature of the design' where it was 'truly outstanding or innovative.' (NPPF, Paragraph 55).

Questions:

1. How many applications for new isolated homes in the countryside did your council receive each year from 2004-2012, related to, citing or under PPS7, Paragraphs 11, and how many of those did it approve?

2. How many applications for new isolated homes in the countryside did your council receive each year since 2012, related to, citing or under NPPF, Paragraph 55, and how many of those did it approve?

Response

In response to your request relating to new isolated homes in the countryside, unfortunately Brentwood Borough Council’s monitoring does not cover that level of detail when searching planning applications/permissions. Applications submitted with reference to PPS7 or NPPF Paragraph 55 are unidentifiable in a planning application search.

The Council’s online planning application search is available to view on our website via http://publicaccess.brentwood.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=advanced, which provides information about all applications. However, to identify any instance where a new isolated home was proposed or permitted within the countryside would require time spent searching through every single application for a new dwelling between 2004 and 2017. After considering the resource implications the Council considers that this request would exceed the appropriate time limit set in FOI legislation. Therefore, we consider that this information is exempt under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

It would be possible for you to ascertain the information you require by searching through planning applications over the stated period using the Council’s online planning application search facility, link above. Information about new homes permitted annually is also available to view in the Council’s Authority Monitoring Reports (please see http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=880), supported by data available to view and use via our corporate DataShare site (please see http://opendata.brentwood.gov.uk/View/planning - view “Planning Services and Monitoring” and “Residential Land Monitor”).