DWD were instructed to advise in respect of the extension of a 1930’tial flats. We were initially appointed to provide planning feasibility and appraisal advice to the project team during the design stage and to analyse the viability of a number of potential schemes which sought to increase the quantum of residential development across the site.
In light of this exercise the client proposed a 72 unit vertical extension of the existing building and works to refurbish the existing common parts.
DWD prepared an assessment of the scheme’s viability to accompany a Planning Application with a view to reducing the affordable housing provision below Policy level. DWD demonstrated that the scheme was not capable of providing 50% affordable housing due to the high costs associated with developing atop an existing building.
An affordable housing provision of 11 discounted market rent units (15%) was agreed after extensive negotiations with the Council’s professional advisors.