Essex Planning and Viability Protocol

Throughout 2018 EPOA will develop a protocol between LPA’s and developers that establishes LPA expectations for developer contributions whilst providing a platform to address the issues of development viability.

Essex is planning for a significant increase in both the housing and employment land supply requirements through the new Local Plans. There can be a culture of developers overpaying for land hence issues of affordability and insufficient infrastructure investment need to be addressed. By working with LPA’s and land owners the objective is to secure better quality and more affordable property, which will complement the EPOA investment on improving the Design Guidance.

This work will seek to address these challenges two-fold;

  • By ensuring resources are available to complete the development of and roll-out the Essex Planning Protocol, a document setting out the key commitments and working relationship between the LPA’s and developers submitting planning applications.
  • Producing a Viability Protocol by working with development interests and the LPA’s and embed good practice to ensure the correct level of development related infrastructure is provided as well as a means to assist the LPAs unlock financial barriers that may hold up the development of housing.

Detailed design work will be undertaken through workshops and engagements to develop the Quality Charter and Quality panel throughout 2018. If you would like to be involved in the work, please get in contact and check back to this section of the website for updates.

Page updated: 11/09/2019

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