In a planning application for a development where there would be an obligation to provide social and affordable housing under the terms of the planning act, my interpretation of this act is that the developer when making the application shall state how he intends to comply with this requirement. In an application that I'm studying there is simply a letter from the council stating that this will be discussed with them 'after' the planning permission is granted. What authority do they have to deviate from the regulations in this way?
Surely in doing it this way the developer has the advantage knowing that permission is already granted and that he now has to use all his negotiating skills (and other means) escape as lightly as he can.
If it were discussed before permission is granted the advantage would be with the planning authorities in negotiating the best possible outcome by making it a condition for granting of permission?
Is this sort of behaviour unusual?