Free windows and doors scam

We have been made aware that there is a company claiming to be from the Royal Borough. We are not involved in this activity. Residents should report this to the police on 101.

7. Vacant building credit (VBC)

To incentivise development of brownfield sites containing vacant buildings, the Vacant Building Credit (VBC) was introduced by the Government in 2014 and later included in the National Planning Policy Guidance. In essence, where a vacant building is brought back into residential use through a new development, or is demolished to be replaced by new residential units, the applicant should be offered a financial credit when any affordable housing contribution that is required for the site is calculated.

Provision for the Vacant Building Credit (VBC) is now a material consideration in making planning decisions and the Council will take this into account in determining future planning applications where relevant.

The Vacant Building Credit Advisory Note was agreed by Cabinet on Thursday 27 September 2018 and introduced for use with immediate effect. The advisory note, which explains the council’s approach to applying Vacant Building Credit, will be kept under review.