Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing Guidance

Closed 25 Sep 2015

Opened 10 Aug 2015

Feedback updated 18 Apr 2016

We asked

Questions on the proposed changes to planning guidance on Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing. 

You said

Responses were received on the following topics:

  • GENERAL - use of the policy in advance of the adoption of the LDP and that the guidance should be approved as statutory Supplementary Planning Guidance, how infrastructure is funded; and, the use of a standard development charge (citywide pot or tariff), the use of retrospective contributions, development viability and payment timings
  • APPROACH - the principle of unacceptable impact, the use of the cumulative approach, how housing site capacities are determined, the use of contribution zones, the system applying to windfall development and the use of illustrative maps of the contribution zone boundaries, contributions thresholds and exemptions.
  • EDUCATION - that standard cost of school infrastructure are not set out in the guidance, the inclusion of inflation and contingency, and that a delivery timetable is not provided, that the school land costs are too high and the mechanisms for land transfer are not set out by the guidance.
  • TRANSPORT - how the transport tariff based approach is calculated. the extent of the tram contribution zone, and, contributions towards major development outwith the Tram Contribution Zone.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING on affordable housing the use of income thresholds and the golden share purchase price. 

We did

In response we:

  • GENERAL - Signalled that the Council sees merit that, following the adoption of the LDP and approval of the Action Programme, that the Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing Guidance be prepared as Supplementary Guidance.

We updated the guidance to:

  • APPROACH - Reflect that all development which is considered to have (a) a net impact on infrastructure, and (b) where this impact requires to be mitigated will be required to contribute to education and transport infrastructure. Provide a map of the education, transport and tram contribution zone.
  • EDUCATION - Improve the method for calculating education infrastructure to take cognisance of all potential for housing development, assesses the cumulative impact on education infrastructure, using established pupil generation factors, and identifies actions and related costs to mitigate the impact. This approach is city-wide. Set out the base cost of education infrastructure.
  • TRANSPORT - Specify, in detail, how the tariff-based approach to calculating developer contributions for transport infrastructure improvements identified within the Action Programme has been applied. 


The Second Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP June 2014) sets out a new approach to developer contributions and the delivery of infrastructure linked closely with the second proposed Action Programme (Updated May 2105).

The second proposed Action Programme sets out the infrastructure, including education, transport, and greenspace actions, required to help mitigate the impact of strategic and planned growth and to deliver the proposals identified within the Plan.

Policies Del1 (Developer Contributions) and Del2 (Retrospective Developer Contributions) of the Second Proposed Plan require developer contributions from any development if:

  1. It will have a net impact on infrastructure capacity; and
  2. It is necessary to mitigate that impact by providing additional capacity or otherwise improving existing infrastructure.

To support this new approach, planning guidance on Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing has been updated. 

This consultation will guide you through a series of questions setting out the proposed changes to the guidance.

Responses to this consultation should be provided by Friday 25 September 2015.

If you have any queries regarding the consultation or the guidance please contact Kate Hopper on 0131 529 6232 or via email


Why your views matter

We are updating planning guidance on developer contributions and affordable housing.

What happens next

It is expected that a finalised Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing Guidance will be presented to Planning Committee in December 2015. A report of the consultation responses received will be provided to Committee within the finalised Guidance.


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