HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCIL SHAME AS MANCHESTER COUNCIL VOTES ON MAKING VIABILITY ASSESSMENTS PUBLIC
 

Star date: 19th March 2018

AS SALFORD COUNCIL HIDES DEVELOPER AVOIDANCE DOCS, MANCS TO VOTE FOR TRANSPARENCY

As Salford City Council continues to hide the viability assessments by which developers avoid paying planning fees and providing affordable housing, on Wednesday, Manchester City Council is to vote on making them public.

"This Council notes that developers have often used viability assessments to avoid their obligations to provide affordable housing and where this happens, it can damage public confidence in the planning process" states the motion put forward by seven Manc councillors, shaming the current stance in Salford.

Full details here...


Earlier this month, even the Conservative Party Prime Minister, Theresa May, promised to end the "abuse of the 'viability assessment' process" in planning, and now Manchester City Council is to vote on Wednesday to make the assessments public. Meanwhile Salford City Council, to its shame, is still hiding the documents, even after requests under the Freedom of Information Act.*

'Viability Assessments' are the documents drawn up by developers, in tandem with specialist companies, which use financial information based on things like land values, market prices, construction costs and 'allowed' profits to usually 'prove' that if they had to pay planning fees (Section 106) or provide affordable housing, their projects would not be 'viable'.

The Salford Star and others have shown that millions of pounds and thousands of affordable houses have been lost to the city, with developers using avoidance tactics like these 'viability assessments'.

While the Salford Star has been exposing this for years, it is only now that something slowly appears to be shifting on a national and local level except, of course, in Salford.

Wednesday's motion to Manchester City Council, proposed by Councillor James Wilson, seconded by Councillor Garry Bridges and also signed by Councillors Moore, Strong, Wills, Raikes and Craig, states in no uncertain terms what is going on...

"This Council notes that developers have often used viability assessments to avoid
their obligations to provide affordable housing and where this happens, it can
damage public confidence in the planning process" it explains "Labour Councils
in Greenwich, Bristol and Lambeth have improved transparency by making their
viability assessments public.

"This Council believes that the developers who make money from building in our city have an obligation to make a fair contribution to providing affordable housing" it adds.

The motion proposes that Manchester Council...

set out clear viability criteria based on market value compared with land value
and construction costs

require viability assessments for developments of more than 15 units where
less than 20% of the development is affordable housing as part of the planning
process and for these to be public

require all information submitted for the viability assessment (including any which the Council agrees is commercially sensitive) to be made available to members of the planning committee and other relevant members of the Council in advance of determination of the planning decision.

The vote takes place as part of Manchester City Council's full meeting this Wednesday, 21st March.

If Manchester City Council can vote on it...if three other councils have done it...if even Theresa May can promise to do it, why is Salford City Council still not proposing to make these viability assessments public?

The Council is merely 'having a review' of its awful planning policies, which ends on April 6th.* One of the questions it asks 'stakeholders' to answer is: "How can the transparency of the financial viability appraisal process for individual planning applications be maximised in order to maintain public confidence in the system?"

Hopefully the much maligned Manchester Councillors will give the answer on Wednesday. Meanwhile, no Salford councillor appears to have the cojones to put forward such a motion.


* For a full background see previous Salford Star articles...

Government Admits Abuse of Planning Policies That Have Blighted Salford click here

Salford Council Releases Viability Assessment Under FOI With Everything Blanked Out! click here

Salford Council Consults on its Shocking Planning Policies click here


Greater Manchester Housing Action has produced an excellent model letter to send to Manchester Council in support of the councillors' motion click here to view it/copy and send it.


Mike Kelly wrote
at 12:11:12 on 19 March 2018
To quote Marvin Gaye regarding SCC. "Whats Going On" and lets hope "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: PETITION AND PROTEST PLANNED OVER SALFORD SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER SUSPENSION
Poor record keeping means fraud. How can you have a petition when nobody actually knows what the suspension was for. Counc... [more]
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
Bob the regular, there is only one definition of permeability in planning law, and that is physically being able to move through t... [more]
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
Wrote, Salix could not use all their surplus funds all on one block of flats to the detriment to all their other properties. How d... [more]
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
"...where do you think Salix should magic the money to update the flats from." Just throwing a stick of butter in the mix here but... [more]
article: PETITION AND PROTEST PLANNED OVER SALFORD SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER SUSPENSION
Salford_lad is right. Suspensions don't happen without a reason, especially after a long investigation. I had a colleague, when I... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

A YEAR AFTER SALFORD CLADDING SCANDAL INDEPENDENT TENANTS MEETING TO BE HELD

Star date: 16th July 2018

CLADDING, SECURITY, FIRE SAFETY AND MORE TO BE DISCUSSED AT PENDLEON TENANTS MEETING

As the Grenfell Tower victims said, before the tragic fire their warnings were not listened to by the authorities. Now tenants in Spruce Court, Pendleton, who are still living with the dangerous cladding, have called an independent meeting for tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th July, to discuss cladding, security and more, while Thorn Court residents are also complaining about the same issues.

Full details here...

PETITION AND PROTEST PLANNED OVER SALFORD SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER SUSPENSION

Star date: 15th July 2018

SCHOOL PROTEST PLANNED OVER HARROP FOLD HEAD AND STAFF SUSPENSION

After Salford City Council suspended Harrop Fold School Head, Drew Povey, and three other staff members last week, supporters have launched a petition to reinstate them, while pupils and parents are planning a protest at the school this Thursday.

Full details here...

FANGIRL CELEBRATION OF SUPER-FANS COMES TO SALFORD FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 15th July 2018

FOR THOSE WHO GO THE EXTRA MILE IN PURSUIT OF AN ICON

Fangirl by Quina Chapman
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July
Kings Arms 7pm 6

Do you go the extra mile in pursuit of an icon? Fangirl, at the Kings Arms this Thursday and Friday, deconstructs the 'condition' through songs, rhymes and laughs. A Greater Manchester Fringe must-see, enthuses Ian Leslie.

Full details here...

THOUSANDS ATTEND TRUMP GO HOME RALLY MANCHESTER

Star date: 14th July 2018

DONALD TRUMP... 'THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS LEADER SINCE THE 1930s' 

Thousands of people packed Albert Square in Manchester last night to voice anger over US President Donald Trump's visit to the UK. Groups from every section of society that Trump has dissed were represented on stage from Mexican dancers to an ex-US soldier, to trade unions, peace, climate change, refugee, LGBT and women's rights campaigners, plus spokespeople for youth and children. 

To kick off the evening, Manchester councillor, Pat Karney, called Trump "The most dangerous leader since the 1930s...we have to stop the ideas of Trump going across the world..."

Full details here...

TRUMP GO HOME BUS HITS SALFORD

Star date: 13th July 2018

'MANIAC' TRUMP NOT WELCOME HERE

A red open top double decker bus toured Salford this morning covered in slogans reading 'Trump Go Home'. It stopped off at Salford Precinct, Salford Royal Hospital, Langworthy Road and the Civic Centre before heading off to Manchester.

The bus was sponsored by Swinton-based Mary Monson Solicitors, and Mary Monson told the Salford Star that "the idea that he'll come and be feted like a respectable person is appalling". Meanwhile Paul Kelly, President of Salford TUC, called Donald Trump an "ultra-capitalist maniac".

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx