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Development Viability

The economic viability of development has become an important consideration as part of the planning system, both in terms of plan-making and when determining planning applications.

The Development Viability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out guidance on development viability relating to the implementation of Development Plan policies, the nature and extent of information required by the council to enable it to robustly scrutinise viability assessments and current issues within the process. This will provide greater clarity to applicants when preparing planning applications and help to avoid delays in the decision making process.  

The SPD was adopted by the council on 14th January 2016 and is available to download at the bottom of this webpage, along with associated documents. A draft SPD was consulted on between 10 July and 4 September 2015. The responses from this consultation exercise are summarised in the Consultation Statement and have informed the final version of the Development Viability SPD. 

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Please contact the S106 & Development Viability Team at if you require any further information or if you have any problems accessing the documents (i.e. any of the links are broken or direct to the wrong document).

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