Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Viability Protocol Supplementary Planning
Document (SPD) sets out the process the Council expects applicants
to undertake for site specific Viability Assessments where a
reduction in contributions is sought. In January 2001, Members
resolved to advance the SPD to adoption unless there were
significant changes in which case it would be reported back to
Cabinet for final endorsement. The (SPD) has been the subject to
two consultations and to address issues raised various amendments.
Final endorsement is therefore sought for the adoption of the
Cabinet received a report from the Director for Economic Growth & Regeneration for Members to consider the amendments made to the draft Viability Protocol Supplementary Planning Document (draft SPD) to address representations made during the consultation and seek authorisation for the Service Manager – Planning and Housing Strategy to proceed with formal adoption.
The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:
The officer preferred option is Option 1 – adopt the SPD.
Councillor Dowding proposed, seconded by Councillor Hamilton-Cox:-
“That the recommendation, as set out in the report, be approved.”
Councillors then voted:-
(1) That Cabinet delegates authority to the Service Manager – Planning and Housing Strategy to proceed with the statutory process to adopt the Supplementary Planning Document.
Officer responsible for effecting the decision:
Director for Economic Growth & Regeneration
Reasons for making the decision:
The decision is consistent with the Corporate Plan which includes ambitions to improve access to quality housing. The Corporate Priorities (updated January 2021) set out the Council’s priorities to reach net zero by 2030; transitioning to low carbon and active transport system; increasing biodiversity and reaching net zero carbon by 2030; supporting new enterprises; securing investment in regeneration; develop housing to ensure people of all incomes are comfortable, warm and able to maintain their independence.
The Lancaster Local Plan includes policies which seek to ensure that the new housing developments include a proportion of affordable housing, provide the necessary infrastructure contributions and support sustainable development, biodiversity, active travel. The SPD will support the implementation of policies within the Local Plan.
Report author: Fiona Clark
Publication date: 04/03/2022
Date of decision: 01/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 01/03/2022 - Cabinet
Effective from: 12/03/2022