Evidence base documents

Development viability study

The National Planning Policy Framework places significant emphasis on the deliverability of sites to be allocated in local plans. 

In 2020, consultants Lambert, Smith, Hampton published an update of the Pendle Local Plan Viability Study. This document is a key part of the evidence base used to inform the preparation of policies and the allocation of sites in the Local Plan. 

Download the Local Plan Viability Study 2020

What have we done previously?

In 2009 the Burnley and Pendle Affordable Housing Site Viability Study looked at the viability of housing development in both boroughs. This study was updated in 2010 to take account of changing economic conditions and to provide a model for flexible affordable housing targets.

A new Development Viability Study was prepared by consultants Colliers International in 2013. This used transactional data and evidence from landowners, agents and developers to present a clear picture of the economic conditions for development in Pendle. The Study formed a key part of the evidence base for the Core Strategy. It provided a range of economic viability appraisals for different sizes and types of development across the borough. These were used to help inform the achievability test in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).