The NPPF requires local authorities (para 50) “where they have identified that affordable housing is needed, [to] set policies for meeting this need on site, unless off-site provision or a financial contribution of broadly equivalent value can be robustly justified … and the agreed approach contributes to the objective of creating mixed and balanced communities. Such policies should be sufficiently flexible to take account of changing market conditions over time”. In the recent and changing economic climate flexibilities have been challenged and innovative routes have had to be found. This Network event seeks to spark a few ideas and draw on the experience and insight of the speakers and all attendees.
Robert Farnsworth from Camden Council, Pippa Read from the National Housing Federation (NHF) and Michael Russell from Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners will kick things off but please come along prepared to share your experience and thinking around the issues.