I'd be interested in hearing from readers on their experience of the use of planning conditions to do more of the work in ensuring affordable housing delivery - i.e. rather than relying exclusively or even substantially on planning obligations in a s 106.
There has been a growing trend, in Secretary of State decisions, towards greater use of planning conditions and the very recent decision at NW Quadrant Plymouth continues that. Although this recovered appeal failed, the Inspector's suggested conditions do seem to demonstrate the extent to which the Secretary of State will feel able to use conditions in the context of affordable housing. Here, the condition in question would have imposed a requirement for a phased approach to affordable housing delivery based on a phased viability review.