Planning contributions are sometimes known as planning obligations, developer contributions, Section 106 Agreements or planning gain.
Planning contributions address the issue of how facilities/services/assets adversely affected by a particular development can be protected, enhanced, maintained or, where appropriate, new provision made. For example, when a new development takes place, there may be a need to improve transport or education facilities.
Planning Obligations Strategy Consultation
16 October – 13 November 2013
Since the last update to the Planning Contributions Strategy in 2010, the Government has significantly changed the planning system with the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the East Midlands (RSS).
Paragraphs 203-206 of the NPPF set out guidance on the use of planning obligations and the tests which should be applied. Local planning authorities should consider whether otherwise unacceptable development could be made acceptable through the use of conditions or planning obligations. However planning obligations should only be used where it is not possible to address unacceptable impacts through a planning condition. Planning obligations should only be sought where they are:
- Necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms
- Directly related to the development; and
- Fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development.
The Planning Contributions Strategy has been renamed to reflect the new approach and will be called the 'Planning Obligations Strategy', all references to the RSS have been removed from the document and the text in the main body of the strategy has been updated to reflect these significant changes nationally.
Download the Draft Planning Obligations Strategy [PDF]
We want to know what you think about the draft strategy and would be grateful for your response by Wednesday 13 November 2013. Please email comments to: email@example.com or by post to: Planning Policy Team, Nottinghamshire County Council, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP.
Aims of the Strategy
The aim of the Planning Contributions Strategy is to provide a fair, consistent and transparent basis for the negotiation of planning contributions for those matters that affect the services and advice provided by the County Council.
The Strategy sets out the context for seeking planning contributions and includes a series of tables that indicate:
types and 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
contact details of relevant people.
The latest minor revisions to the document, which reflect the most up to date situation with regards to planning policy and likely contribution levels, were included in January 2010.
If you have any queries about the Planning Contributions Strategy, please contact the Planning Contributions Unit on tel: 0115 9774545.