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High Court ruling set to make smaller developments less viable, says JLL

JLL welcomes Government decision to appeal ruling

SOUTHAMPTON, August 3, 2015 – Responding to the news that a national policy to exempt small developments from affordable housing contributions and the controversial vacant building credit has been removed from the government’s National Planning Practice Guidance following a High Court ruling on Friday, David Ramsay, director at leading property consultancy JLL in Southampton, said:

David Ramsay“This change in legislation will undoubtedly make smaller developments less viable. It’s no secret that Britain is in desperate need of more homes, so it is disappointing to hear that smaller builders who make an important contribution to the country’s housing provision are being discouraged from doing so.

“The challenge was brought about as West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council were concerned about the impact the policy would have on affordable housing provision on small sites. However, the ruling means that, in fact, in many areas, developers will be discouraged from bringing smaller developments forward at all as they will not be viable.

“We welcome the Government’s decision to appeal this ruling.”