This episode of the planning podcast discusses an underused policy, but one that could rise to significance in the recovery. Vacant Building Credit ('VBC') might be seen as something of a planning backwater, suitable only for dedicated planning aficionados. However, the esoteric nature of the policy should not mask its potential significance, especially during and after the current crisis. Sadly, one of the inevitable consequences of Covid-19 is that more buildings will become vacant and the economic pressures on the house building sector increased. This pressure could be alleviated to some extent by the sensible application of VBC.
The panel on this episode is Matthew Stafford (Senior Planning Manager, St Modwen), with Jonathan Easton and Piers Riley-Smith from the Kings Planning Team, chaired by Philip Robson.
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