London viability chief to address planning summit

The Greater London Authority's viability chief will brief delegates at next week's National Planning Summit on how applicants can work effectively with councils to increase provision of affordable housing without undermining viability.

John Wacher
John Wacher

John Wacher, strategic planning manager - viability, will speak at a session at the conference on ways to deliver sufficient affordable homes without making developments unviable.

Wacher will be joined at the session by Andrew Taylor, director and head of planning, at Countryside Properties’ New Homes & Communities arm.

The session will help delegates:

  • Understand the different types of product that can be incorporated into schemes as affordable homes, and how the government's plan to change the definition of affordable housing could affect this
  • Understand how authorities can help developers to meet the London mayor’s new requirement to deliver 35 per cent affordable housing to qualify for the fast track viability assessment route
  • Understand the implications of government plans to make viability assessment simpler
  • Understand the implications of the proposed new expectation that councils should grant permissions for unallocated sites on condition that a "high proportion" are offered for discounted sale to first-time buyers or for affordable rent.

Among other topics to be covered at the summit are:

  • The government’s plans for helping the public and private sector to work together to achieve growth through the planning system. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) director-general for decentralisation and growth Simon Ridley will deliver a keynote speech on this topic.
  • The proposed revisions to the NPPF. Steve Quartermain, MHCLG chief planner, will answer delegates’ pre-submitted and live questions on the National Planning Policy Framework revisions.

Delegates at the event will also be able to:

  • Learn how Highways England, Network Rail, Transport for London and National Grid plan to work with the public and private sectors to deliver growth.
  • Understand how housing allocations and permissions could be built out more quickly, with contributions from Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley CBE and Letwin build-out review panel member Professor Christine Whitehead.
  • Hear how planning chiefs in London, Bristol and Leeds are planning for the future of their city-regions.


When and where

10 May 2018, ILEC Conference Centre, London


£349 + VAT Public sector
£499 + VAT Private sector

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