Enabling Development

An Enabling Development appraisal will be required to support a planning application for any development proposed to cross-subsidise works to or conversion of a heritage asset.

Enabling Development is defined by paragraph 202 of the NPPF as development that would not be in compliance with local and/or national planning policies, and not normally be given planning permission, except for the fact that it would secure the future conservation of a heritage asset. Planning note 4 sets out advice on the financial evidence requirements for Enabling Development proposals, requiring two development appraisals to be completed.

We can provide the necessary development appraisals to support your planning application, firstly, by identifying the 'Conservation deficit' of a proposed scheme, which English Heritage define as:

‘the amount by which the cost of repair (and conversion to optimum viable use if appropriate) of a heritage asset exceeds its market value on completion of repair and conversion, allowing for all appropriate development costs.’

Having identified the 'deficit', we can then provide reporting to demonstrate the minimum amount of Enabling Development needed to meet the identified deficit, thereby providing appropriate justification to allow a departure from standard planning policy.

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