All you ever wanted to know about viability appraisal in the planning system

If you wanted a fairly up to date and comprehensive analysis of the impact of the introduction of viability tests on the delivery of affordable housing…then you should check out this report commissioned by a consortium of London boroughs and researched and written by a consortium of academics and consultants including, my esteemed colleague, Neil Crosby.

I don’t want to go over all the issues of Threshold or Benchmark Land Value.  It’s a tricky area and a solution isn’t proposed.  It’s, ‘er, ‘problematic’.  In their survey…

Overall, the EUV + approach was favoured by the majority of respondents, despite the recognition that the + element was problematic

The report mentions the word ‘circularity’ or ‘circular’ 25 times.     The point was made.


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