Planning Legal Agreements

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Planning Obligations

Planning obligations (also referred to as Section 106 agreements, section 53 agreements or planning legal agreements) are used to mitigate the impact of development in association with planning applications. Most agreements are site-specific and relate to the policies contained within the Council's adopted development plan, in accordance with the tests set out in the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulation 2010.

Planning Obligations Protocol

The Council has produced a Planning Obligations Protocol which is intended to provide best practice guidance on managing Section 106 Planning Obligations. It is intended to amplify adopted local and national requirements whilst looking towards a collaborative approach to the provision of affordable housing, infrastructure projects and public services across the Borough. The Protocol is intended to ensure that the means of securing such obligations takes place in a fair, open, transparent and reasonable manner in order to retain public confidence in the system and to provide greater clarity to all those involved. It should be used as a working document and is in no way intended to replace proactive and constructive engagement with prospective developers through our pre-application service but rather to supplement such engagement taking place

These obligations are usually available to view in our applications online, and will be shown against the relevant planning application to which they relate. If you cannot find a specific legal agreement please email with full details of what you are looking for.

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Infrastructure funding

The Infrastructure Funding Statement (PDF) sets out the types of infrastructure and projects we intend to fund through Section 106 income over the next reporting period. It also provides a breakdown of Section 106 income and expenditure over the last financial period. Annex 1 to this Statement sets out all financial contributions held by the Council as of 01 April 2019 and is referred to in Section 2 of the Statement.