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Development Viability – what undermines it and who determines it?

What is a Councillor's role in assessing the viability of development proposals?

Friday, 17 May 2013 at 1:30PM - 3:30PM
The Local Government Association, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ
Politicians in Planning Network (PIPA)

Starting with pressures to renegotiate Planning Obligations (Section 106), also surfacing in negotiations over the scale and density of development, the issues of what makes new development ‘unviable’ now extends into the setting of charging tariffs for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) [House Builders to Challenge Local Authorities Over CIL £ Level]. Local Councillors are tasked with finding the reasonable balance between private and public interests but, often, in seeking any or more information about claims that developments are ‘unviable unless….’, Councillors are faced with a refusal based upon ‘commercial confidentiality’.  And the Growth & Infrastructure Bill is set to extend the rights of developers to raise challenges.

Questions, sharing of experience and discussion are at the heart of this event, but we do have two, extensively experienced speakers who will set the scene and respond to questions where requested:

David Codling is Director of Property at Peter Brett Associates LLP. David is a Chartered Surveyor of over 20 years experience who specialises in land agency, development and valuation for both private and public clients.

Roy Pinnock is Senior Associate at SNR Denton UK LLP. Roy is rated as one of the top 40 planning solicitors in the Planning Magazine Guide to Planning Lawyers, 2012-13. He is a member of Dentons’ Planning and Public Law team.

This event is for planning Councillors and available places are limited to allow for full participation by all attendees.