Hexagon House, Mercury Gardens, Romford RM1 8FP (Q3 2016)

71 Flats provided as a new 4 storey vertical extension of an existing office building converted to residential. S106 Management advised on the viability and negotiated a settlement as an affordable contribution at approx. £14,000 per unit.

Hither Moor Farm, Spelthorne (Q4 2016)

A development of 23 units with the restoration of the listed farmhouse and buildings. S106 Management advised on the viability and concluded negotiations for an Affordable Housing contribution.

Former Pier Tavern, 299 Manchester Road, London E14 3HN (Q3 2016)

A proposal for 16 flats in a new building and negotiated with Tower Hamlets to provide 3 Affordable units.

93–95 Gloucester Place, London W1 (Q1 2016)

An Affordable Housing contribution of £646,258 demanded by Westminster Council was reduced to a Nil contribution on behalf of a consortium of overseas private investors.

Rural Exception Sites – Cornwall (Q4 2016)

Acting for a regional housebuilder S106 Management are advising on viability in relation to exception sites with capacity for 22 to 48 houses, with Policy Levels of Affordable Housing.

173–175 King Road, Reading (Q2 2016)

Acting on behalf of a private investor with the conversion of existing Grade 2 Listed office buildings into 16 Flats, S106 Management were able negotiate a requirement for a £250,000 affordable housing requirement to a Nil contribution. West Berkshire.

383 and 381 Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT (December 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Lambeth Council for the conversion of 381 (3 flats) and 383 (4 flats) Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT into 10 self contained flats. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 40% Affordable Housing under Policy H2 of the Lambeth County Council was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £680,000.

78 Midland Road, Stockport SK7 3DT Clonmar DevelopmentsLtd (November 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for the erection of 4 detached and 6 semi-detached houses on a vacant site. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 40% Affordable Housing under Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Core Policy H3 was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £106,328.

Home Farm, Virginia Water GU25 4BU, Audley Curzon Surrey Ltd, Financial Viability Analysis (October 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Runnymede Borough Council for the demolition of 3 existing houses, a substantial range of farm buildings, and the erection of 3 detached, and 7 terraced dwellings in the green belt. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 40% Affordable Housing under Core Policy HO4 was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted with a modest contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £730,541.

Fanny on The Hill public house, Wickham Street, Welling DA16 3DA (August 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to The London Borough Of Bexley for the demolition of the public house and the erection of a new building containing 10 apartments. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 35% Affordable Housing under CS10 of its 2012 Core Policy was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted with a small contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £193,853.

The Ireland Wood Public House, Iveson Drive, Leeds LS16 6NG, Iveson GB Ltd (January 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Leeds City Council for the redevelopment of an existing property, building 20 new apartments. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 35% Affordable Housing under Core Policy H5 was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted with a modest contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £113,881.

Redruth Brewery Quarter, Chapel Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 1AW (Febuary 2015)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Cornwall Council for the redevelopment of derelict  business premises to provide erection of 27 town houses, 131 flats, 1161m2 of offices, 504m2 of micro brewery, 600m2 of retail, and a 50 room (750m2) hotel. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 40% Affordable Housing under Cornwall Council Core Policy 8 was not viable. The viability report was accepted by the LPA and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £4 million.

2–4 Macintosh Lane, London E9 6AG (December 2014)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to the London Borough of Hackney for the conversion of derelict  business premises to form 18 self contained flats and 350m2 of business space. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 50% Affordable Housing under Hackney Core Policy H20 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £1.8 million.

57 Montagu Gardens, Wallingford (September 2014)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to the London Borough of Sutton for the conversion of (D1) premises to form 13 self contained flats. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 6 Affordable Housing units under LB Sutton Core Policy BP2 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £500,000.

262–270 Field End Road, Eastcote, London (March 2014)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to the London Borough of Hillingdon for the conversion of purpose built mixed use, education (D1) and office premises to form 12 self contained flats. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for the provision of 4 affordable housing units or a contribution towards the provision of Affordable Housing under Hillingdon Core Policy H2 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £400,000.

574 Kingston Rd, London SW20 8DR (December 2013)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to the London Borough of Merton for the redevelopment and extension of first floor office premises to form two self contained flats. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for a contribution of £36,000 towards the provision of Affordable Housing under Merton Core Policy CS12 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £36,000.

14–16 Lammas Lane, Surrey KT10 9QA (December 2013)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Elmbridge Borough Council for the demolition of 2 existing houses and the erection of 3 new detached houses. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for a contribution of £113,000 towards the provision of Affordable Housing under Elmdidge Core Policy CS21 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £113,000.

Caledonian Rd, Islington (Sept 2013)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to the London Borough of Islington for the redevelopment of shop premises as a 2 bed flat and B1 office space. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for a contribution of £50,000 towards the provision of Affordable Housing under Islington Core Policy CS12 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any contribution towards affordable housing. Saving £50,000.

High Street, Grays, Essex RM17 (August 2013)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Thurrock District Council for the redevelopment of a Brown Field site as 41 flats, and 270m2 of shopping space. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report to prove that the request for 14 Affordable Dwellings under Thurrock Policy CSTP12 was not viable. The viability report was accepted without a planning appeal and permission was granted without any affordable dwellings. Saving of circa £1 million.

Station Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire (2011)

Station Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire (July 2013)

Acting on behalf of developers in connection with a planning application to Stroud District Council for the redevelopment of a brown field site as 51 Dwellings. Section 106 Management were instructed to prepare a viability report concerning  the request for 15 affordable houses and a contribution of £56,250 towards the provision of recreation facilities. The viability report was accepted on appeal and permission was granted for 49 open market houses – saving £750,000.

Application Number: C1625/A/13/2195656

Ranscombe Barns (June 2013)

Planning application to South Hams District Council for the conversion of agricultural barns into 4 housesViability study submitted and planning granted with no affordable housing requirement, saving £200,000.

Application Number: 43/0452/12/F

Ruth House, London Borough Of Richmond Upon Thames (April 2013)

Demolition of one house and erection of 3 new houses. Viability Report submitted to London Borough of Richmond. After appropriate negotiations planning permission was granted on first application with a reduced contribution, saving £180,000.

Application Number: 12/3893/FUL, 12/3894/FUL

Old Poplar Foundry, Longridge Preston (Feb 2013)

Instructed by the scheme architects Section 106 Management produced a viability report in accordance with the Central Lancashire Core Strategy Policy 7 (affordable housing) to verify an existing QS based Viability Study, to demonstrate on appeal that it was not viable for this development of 10 houses, on a brown field site, to provide 3 affordable houses. Planning Appeal allowed with costs see Appeal Reference APP/N2345/A/12/2187879

Northern Avenue, Enfield, London N9 (Dec 2012)

Instructed by the scheme developers Section 106 Management produced a viability report in accordance with the London Borough of Enfield Core Policy 3 (affordable housing) in order to demonstrate that it was not viable for this development of 1 detached house, on a garden site, to make a commuted payment of £24,000 toward affordable housing. Contribution reduced to £4,000 by negotiation.

High Street, Wealdstone, Harrow, London HA3 (Oct 2012)

High Street, Wealdstone, Harrow, London HA3 (Oct 2012)

Instructed by the scheme developers Section 106 Management produced a viability report for The London Borough of Harrow to satisfy Core Policy CS1(J) and demonstrate that it was not viable for this development of 27 flats and 190m2 of retail to provide affordable housing. Following negotiations with officers it was agreed that it was not viable to provide 11 affordable dwellings (a mixture of Social Rent and Shared Ownership) and that 5 shared ownership units would be acceptable to the council. Saving £500,000.

Leabridge Road, Waltham Forest, London E10 (Sept 2012)

Leabridge Road, Waltham Forest, London E10 (Sept 2012)

Instructed by the scheme developers Section 106 Management produced a viability report for The London Borough of Waltham Forest to satisfy Local Development Framework Policy CS2 and demonstrate that it was not viable for this development of 21 flats and 680m2 of retail to provide affordable housing. Status successfully completed saving £1.1 million.

Woodlands Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester WA14 (Sept 2012)

Woodlands Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester WA14 (Sept 2012)

Instructed by the scheme developers Section 106 Management produced a viability report for Trafford Council to satisfy SPD Policy TDC1 and demonstrate that it was not viable for this development of 4 Houses, 3 flats and 345m2 of offices to provide affordable housing. Successfully completed – saving circa £200,000.

Okehampton Place, St Thomas, Exeter (2012)

Okehampton Place, St Thomas, Exeter (April 2012)

Instructed by the scheme developers Section 106 Management produced a viability report for Exeter City Council to demonstrate that it was not viable for this development of 4 flats to make a contribution towards affordable housing of £110,972. The viability report was accepted by both Affordable Housing and planning officers, and permission granted without an appeal, saving £110,972.

Warlands, Totnes, Devon (2011)

Warlands, Totnes, Devon (2011)

Brought in by the Scheme architect to prepare a Viability Report requested by South Hams District Council, in connection with the redevelopment of a ‘brown field’ garage site, as 2×3 bedroom dwellings. South Hams District Council’s initial position called for Section 106 contributions of £55,000 toward affordable housing, and £12,000 toward recreation. As a result of the production of our Viability Report at a pre application stage the contribution to affordable housing was reduced to £9,500 and the request for a payment towards open space abandoned, saving £57,000.

Tyringham Road, Lelant, Cornwall (2011)

Tyringham Road, Lelant, Cornwall (2011)

Acting as lead consultant- our pre application viability report established the support of Planners and Affordable Planning Officers at Cornwall Council for an edge of village ‘exception’ site of 15 dwellings – 6 open market, 9 affordable houses secured by a Section 106 agreement, overcoming initial policy objections. The subsequent planning application was taken to the Planning Committee with a planning officer’s recommendation for approval, but refused. The application has now been granted on appeal. See appeal reference  APP/D0840/A/11/2165364

Land opposite Crewkerne station, Misterton, Somerset (2010)

Land opposite Crewkerne station, Misterton, Somerset (2010)

Acting as principals in connection with a planning application for the redevelopment of a former British Rail coal depot as 16 dwellings. South Somerset District Council initially sought a Section 106 agreement providing 30% affordable housing and £96,000 towards recreation. The application was refused by the Planning Committee. Following discussions with officers concerning viability the request for planning obligations was not pursued in the successful written representation appeal that followed, saving circa £300,000.

End of Kiln Way, Dunstable (2009–10)

End of Kiln Way, Dunstable (2009–10)

Acting as principles in connection with a planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for 13 houses adjacent to Luton Dunstable Busway. Negotiations with Affordable Housing officers delivered agreement for 100% open market scheme rather than providing 30% affordable housing. A request for a Section 106 education contribution of £69,922 was reduced to £36,965 on appeal following the submission of detailed evidence showing the calculation supporting the initial request was flawed, saving £30,000See appeal reference APP/P0240/A/10/2136390

Parc Garland, Lizard, Cornwall (2007–10)

Parc Garland, Lizard, Cornwall (2007–10)

Acting as principals, in connection with the revision of a Section 106 agreement for 6 open market and 2 affordable houses. A duplicate planning application was submitted accompanied by a Viability Report justifying  deletion of  the affordable housing element of the Section 106 agreement. Negotiations with the affordable housing department of Cornwall Council identified both a policy vacuum, and that the affordable housing rendered the entire scheme unviable. Planning officers nonetheless recommended refusal. The affordable housing element was removed from the Section 106 agreement following acceptance of our viability report at an informal hearing appeal, saving £100,000See appeal reference APP/D0840/A/10/2131064

Station Road, Burlescombe, Somerset (2005)

Station Road, Burlescombe, Somerset (2005)

Acting as principals in connection with a 4 unit scheme  Mid Devon District Council. Planners sought a Section 106 agreement providing 50% affordable housing. Using a viability appraisal we were able to demonstrate that the provision of affordable housing was not viable and permission for a 100% open market housing scheme was granted, saving £100,000.

Parsons Place, Holsworthy, Somerset (2004)

Parsons Place, Holsworthy, Somerset (2004)

Acting as both principals and in collaboration with Somerfield Food Stores in connection with a planning application to redevelop a 50 dwelling brown field site. Torridge District Council Planning officers sought a Section 106 agreement providing 20% affordable housing. Using a viability appraisal we were able to negotiate a reduction to 12%, saving circa £150,000.

It will be seen from the case studies above that the examination of viability is not an adversarial process. Every policy calling for Section 106 Affordable Housing is dependent on viability and for that reason a properly presented Section 106 appraisal using an accepted Toolkit is welcomed by Planning Departments at any stage and will speed the decision making process.

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Acting as both principals and in collaboration with Somerfield Food Stores in connection with a planning application to redevelop a 50 dwelling brown field site. Torridge District Council Planning officers sought a Section 106 agreement providing 20% affordable housing. Using a viability appraisal we were able to negotiate a reduction to 12%, saving circa £150,000.