Planners help to coordinate and ensure the infrastructure needed to support the development envisaged in their local plans through their infrastructure planning and delivery activities.

The Community infrastructure levy (CIL) and Section 106 legal agreements are some of the tools used to enable and fund delivery of infrastructure. Developer contributions is an area that the Government has signaled that it is going to change. Further updates will be provided as the details become clearer.

Advice note for councils on procuring viability evidence in planning
Over the last year we have been increasingly asked for advice on dealing with viability evidence through the development of local plans and community infrastructure levies. In response we held a workshop with viability experts and set to work on drafting an advice note for councils. The advice reflects the range of matters that you will need to consider in developing an invitation to tender (ITT) for the work but it may also be of assistance to LPAs who are undertaking this work in-house as it covers matters that should be addressed in any viability assessment work. We hope that you find it helpful. This is the first publication and if you have any feedback on how helpful it is please let us know as we are considering bringing forward similar advice for other areas of evidence.