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Through the loophole: How affordable housing is being lost to viability claims


Developers are known to take advantage of a viability ‘loophole’ to reduce affordable housing obligations. George Turner finds out how local authorities and campaigners are redressing the balance

The economic viability of developments has become one of the most important planning issues of our time. 

Under the National Planning and Policy Framework (NPPF), if a proposed development does not generate a competitive profit for a developer, and a competitive land receipt for a landowner, then the obligation falls on the planning authority to subsidise the developer by dropping pl.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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