What are planning obligations?

When developments take place, they frequently bring with them impacts on the local physical and social infrastructure and services, which must be addressed to make the development acceptable both in planning terms and to society in general. Where this occurs, the County Council seeks to ensure that developers make necessary provision for appropriate infrastructure and services through what are commonly known as developer contributions or planning obligations.

Generally, developer contributions or planning obligations are secured by either the means of legal deeds called S106 agreements or through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Planning obligations contribute towards sustainable communities by enabling development to take place and mitigate the impacts of development to help make it acceptable in planning terms.

Nottinghamshire will change and grow over the next 20 years and to meet the challenges and opportunities this presents, the County Council has produced and adopted a planning obligations strategy to ensure it enables the necessary and proper provision of infrastructure and services relating to County Council functions which will be needed to support the areas of growth and its local communities.

Within Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City which is a Unitary Authority), a two-tier system of local government applies. The County Council is responsible for the provision of certain services, such as Education, Libraries, Highways and Waste Disposal. Other services, such as the provision of affordable housing and waste collection, fall to the county’s seven district and borough councils. In a planning context, the county’s district and borough councils are the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for the vast majority of planning applications, and are ultimately responsible for granting planning consents and deciding what requirements should be placed upon a developer through planning conditions and any other contributions.

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