Small Sites Affordable Housing Exemptions and Vacant Building Credit Re-Instated to National Planning Policy Guidance

Following last Wednesday’s Court of Appeal decision, the Government has now officially re-instated previously revoked guidance contained within the NPPG for small sites affordable housing exemptions relating to sites of 10 dwellings or fewer together with guidance on the vacant building credit.

The vacant building credit allows sites occupied by existing buildings to be offered a financial credit against any affordable housing obligations based upon the total floor space of any existing buildings. This is a major step forward that will reduce financial burden on the redevelopment of brownfield sites with existing viability constraints.

Johnson Mowat are able to advise on the implications of changes to the NPPG and can assist with development viability and Section 106 negotiation. Please contact our office for details.”