Development Viability

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An engaging, interactive and fast pace short course which provides an overview of methods and key issues in development viability and quickly equips participants with immediately deployable skills to include viability appraisal into existing work streams and project scenarios.

It is specifically designed for those who’s core work is not in viability or appraisals but who are exposed to this world. Throughout this course, the development and planning process is considered holistically, providing participants the ability to weigh viability issues against other factors. The overall approach is design and planning focussed.

Understanding the issues involved in development viability is increasingly important for planners. The NPPF has placed greater emphasis on taking account of viability in both plan making and site allocations and in individual applications. The course provides the basis from which planning and design professionals can meaningful make viability led considerations, adding breadth to the overall assessment of any given scheme.

The course provides a mixture of practice and theory. The structure of course allows for a great deal of two way, tutor-student dialogue, based around a series of practical workshop activities, designed to understand the core processes of valuing, costing and preparing appraisals. Sessions are engaging and interesting, providing the opportunity to learn through applying principles in real project scenarios. Course content is designed to straddle subject boundaries –Urban Design, Planning and Regeneration policy topic areas- to place viability in a wider context and give participants the ability to practice holistically.

The course will assist planners working in development management by providing a hands on opportunity in preparing and critiquing appraisals for specific projects. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the design implications for valuation and development costs and how design and viability appraisal are an iterative processes.

Finally, the course provides the opportunity to consider particular challenges presented in the development process and how, with newly acquired skills in appraisal and holistic thinking, issues such as land with negative value, high cost contamination, onerous planning obligations or a down-turn in market conditions, can be considered creatively with an ‘all-implications’ approach

This course is suitable for: 

  • People working in the public and private sectors in planning, urban design, regeneration, and economic development.
  • Elected politicians wanting a greater understanding of viability issues.
  • Members of civic groups and town centre partnership groups wanting to know more about development viability.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
12/12/201914/12/2019Thur to Sat 9-5£360Apply online