- A viability assessment study is an assessment of whether or not a proposed development would be financially viable to build for a developer.
- Council policies require developments over a certain size e.g. 9 units or more, to provide a certain percentage of affordable housing provision as a ‘contribution’ to the council in addition to any extra money towards local education, healthcare/community and transport infrastructure – these contributions are usually included as part of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
- Whist most developers would need to provide some affordable housing as part of a larger development and a CIL contribution, an applicant can challenge the Council on the grounds that the imposed CIL charge may not make the scheme financially viable to build.
- A viability assessment or report is usually prepared by a chartered surveyor with the help of a planning consultant
- Our expert planners submit the viability assessment with the planning application to justify the proposed level of affordable housing offered as part of the scheme or produce this report at the request of the planning case officer.
- Our team of planners and surveyors can often reduce the amount of affordable housing provision and CIL contribution requested by the council.
Please note: permitted development rights only apply to houses and do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. you will need full planning permission for all works to a flat or maisonette. Read more.