Planning obligations are secured under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act (1990). This is a legal agreement between the council and the developer, which is negotiated when granting planning permission. It ensures that developers carry out or contribute financially towards infrastructure or services required by proposed developments. For example, new play areas for a new housing estate, or road improvements which will be needed.
A development may be subject to planning obligations if it:
a. necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms
b. directly related to the development
c. fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development.
Further information regarding planning obligations and our planning policies in relation to such considerations can be found on our planning policy page.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which we charge on many new developments. The CIL is charged per square metre on new development, based on their use and location. The CIL does not replace the need for planning obligations on larger developments, which will continue to be secured to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage and greenspace management, and affordable housing.
A development will be subject to the Community Infrastructure Levy if it:
View more information on CIL on the planning portal website.