Decision details

Decision details

Affordable Housing contributions in the light of the successful legal challenge to the Planning Practice Guidance

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


In November 2014 the government introduced changes to the Planning Practice Guidance which meant that Local Planning Authorities were unable to seek contributions towards affordable housing from developments of 10 or fewer dwellings and had to apply a Vacant Building Credit which reduced any affordable housing provision from larger sites. The approach that the Council needed to take with respect of Sites and Housing Policy HP4 in particular was reported to Council on 2nd Feb 2015.

Subsequently, West Berks and Reading Council’s legally challenged the Government and on 31 July 2015 succeeded in quashing those elements of the Planning Practice Guidance. This report is to confirm the approach that the Council will now take in relation to these matters.


Council noted the consequences of the decision of the Court of Appeal and national planning policy applicable to affordable housing contributions.

Report author: Patsy Dell

Publication date: 12/08/2016

Date of decision: 25/07/2016

Decided at meeting: 25/07/2016 - Council

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