Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy G8: Review mechanism


Where planning policies cannot be immediately met by a development, due to wholly exceptional circumstances, a review mechanism shall be imposed for phased developments to ensure the ability of the development to comply with the relevant policies over the lifetime of the project is rigorously tested.

3.7.28 The viability of the policies contained within this plan and the JCS have been tested in accordance with the NPPF and NPPG. The policies and the contributions expected from development should be assumed viable.

3.7.29 The applicant would need to demonstrate whether there are any wholly exceptional circumstances that justify the need for a further viability assessment at the application stage. Such circumstances may include a site coming forward that was not part of the 24 typologies tested as part of the whole plan viability assessment, or a significant regional economic change. The applicant would need to provide robust evidence of the changes that have occurred.

3.7.30 Priority will be given to the delivery of affordable homes over other policy requirements.

3.7.31 A review mechanism will be implemented through a S106 process. This is likely to require an independent review of the site viability at regular practical intervals and shall be funded by the developer.