Planning obligations, also known as s106 agreements, are legal agreements with an applicant, developer and any other parties that may have an interest in the land. We use them where we can't impose a planning condition.
We use planning obligations to make sure the community infrastructure meets the needs of residents in new developments, or to lessen the impact of new developments on existing community facilities. They can also restrict the development or use of the land in a specified way or require specific operations or activities to be carried out on the land.
Where a development means that extra community infrastructure is needed, we often use planning obligations to get a financial contribution towards it.
The government set out guidance on the use of planning obligations in
Circular 05/2005. Our SPD ‘Provision of Recreational Open Space in New Housing’ sets out how all residential development must contribute to recreational open space. If a direct payment can't be made before a planning application is determined, a planning obligation needs to be agreed. You can download a table of charges, a contribution calculator and draft S106 agreements below.
We may also seek obligations for:
- Highways and public transport improvements
- On-site open space
- Affordable housing
- Public art, and other matters
You can also download a model s106 agreement and standard clauses. This document does not currently include clauses for affordable housing.
Please submit these standard documents as part of your initial planning application. This will help us issue a decision quickly.