I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act on the building of both social rented housing and affordable rented housing in your local authority area.
For all questions I am requesting information on homes being built directly or by housing associations or under obligations such as Section 106.
How many social rented homes have been built in your local authority area since May 6th 2010?
How many affordable rented homes have been built in your local authority area since May 6th 2010?
How many social rented homes to be built in each of the next three years in your local authority area have, at this point in time, both planning permission and financing in place?
How many affordable rented homes (not including social rent) to be built in each of the next three years in your local authority area have, at this point in time, both planning permission and financing in place?
Thanks you for our enquiry concerning social / affordable housing built in the borough. I apologise for the delay. I am having difficulty getting a definitive answer to your questions. Consequently my response is general rather than giving the specific numbers requested.
There have been approximately 700 homes completed for Affordable housing since 2010. We do not differentiate the tenure types within the ‘Affordable’ umbrella so I cannot indicate the balance between social rent and affordable. I am awaiting further information which should give more precise details on the numbers. I am aware of how long it has taken to respond and considered I needed to get a reply to you with the best information I have at the moment.
I am aware of 40 homes for affordable that have received planning permission at the moment. There is no guarantee that these homes will be built as the developers could allow the permission to lapse or re apply with a different solution for the site. As these homes are being built by developers I cannot comment if the funding is in place. Obviously I cannot predict future applications.
The Council is aware that the current predicted supply is not meeting demand. It is currently reviewing its Affordable Housing Strategy and its Local plan has recently been out for consultation. These comments will set the targets fro new homes going forward.