Planning obligations strategy

Planning obligations are sometimes known as planning contributions, developer contributions, section 106 agreements or planning gain. 

Planning obligations look at how facilities/services/assets are affected by a particular development. It looks at how this can be protected, enhances, maintained or where appropriate new provisions can be made. 

For example, when a new development takes place there may be a need to improve transport or expand education facilities. 

The County Council have undertaken a review of its Planning Obligations Strategy and the updated document was adopted as Council Policy on 12th September.

The Updated Strategy can be downloaded below:

Planning obligations are sometimes known as planning contributions, developer contributions, section 106 agreements or planning gain. 

Planning obligations look at how facilities / services/assets are affected by a particular development. It looks at how this can be protected, enhances, maintained or where appropriate new provisions can be made. 

For example, when a new development takes place there may be a need to improve transport or expand education facilities. 

Planning obligations may be needed where facilities/services/assets affected by a particular development are impacted. For example, when a new development takes place, there may be a need to expand transport or education facilities.

The aim of the Strategy is to provide a fair, consistent and transparent basis for the negotiation of planning obligations for those matters that affect the services and advice provided by the County Council.

The Updated Strategy sets out the context for seeking planning obligations and includes a series of tables that indicate:

  • current guidance
  • types of facilities for which provision may be required
  • types of development which may trigger need
  • forms in which contributions may be sought
  • thresholds for the size of development for which contributions would be sought
  • how costs are calculated.

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