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How far can planning transparency go?

London First has submitted a formal consultation response to the London Borough of Islington’s Draft Development Viability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (July 2015) document.

The draft SPD contains guidance on how Islington Council propose to deal with all matters of development viability through the planning application process.

This includes specific and onerous requirements for the pre-application period; the scope, form and methodology for undertaking viability appraisals; and, requirements on disclosure of details of development finance.

We have raised concerns on the prescriptive nature of the proposed provisions of the SPD and its conflict with national policy and best practice guidance on viability appraisals.

A copy of the consultation response can be found here.

Contact: Sara Parkinson, sparkinson@londonfirst.co.uk

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