The seminar will explore the changes to viability in planning in light of updates to government guidance in May. The changes to viability guidance are designed to help councils to secure more affordable housing – and other public interest outcomes – within development schemes. In particular, the guidance aims to provide more certainty and clarity to local authorities and developers about how viability is assessed, and improve transparency for communities.

Delegates will learn from the findings of the TCPA’s ‘Planning for Affordable Housing’ project which has analysed the impact of these changes and makes recommendations to government about what more needs to be done to secure mixed and thriving communities.


12.30   Registration

A light lunch will be available.

13.00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA

13.05  Updates to planning guidance on viability

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, MHCLG (invited)

13.25  Planning for affordable housing

Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, and Koen Rutten, Projects Assistant, TCPA

13.40  Changes to viability – lessons from large-scale developments

              Hyas (invited)

14.00   Q&A

14.15   Coffee break

14.40 Lessons from the London Authorities Viability Group

John Wacher, Strategic Planning Manager, Greater London Authority 

15:00  Achieving fair viability outcomes in high and low value areas

Lionel Shelley, Senior Manager (Commercial Specialist), Homes England (invited)

15.30  Delivering genuinely affordable housing through the planning system

Claire Wood, Strategic Housing Enabling Manager, South Gloucestershire (invited)

16:00   Q&A

16.10   Closing remarks from the Chair

16.15   Seminar end

Price: £50+vat (£60) for TCPA Members; £100+vat (£120) for non-members; FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members.

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This seminar is part of the TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) programme of events. The NCG consists of local authorities and development corporations bringing forward large-scale new developments, from Garden City inspired new towns and villages to urban regeneration and extension schemes. Further information on joining the NCG is available here.

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