Forward funding infrastructure is the key to unlocking many stalled sites at present. We are seeing instances of applications being made to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) for Growing Places Funding for loans to facilitate these works. There are state aid issues, which require careful consideration and may determine whether the loan is made to the developer direct, or to the local planning authority and recouped through a section 106 payment obligation.

We will be interested to hear from anyone involved with such applications and to learn of the varying approaches applied - whether these are site specific or led by local authority or LEP requirements.