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Section 106 planning obligations

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This guidance note and associated topic papers, are provided for applicants and their agents, who intend to carry out development for which the council may require a planning obligation agreement as part of the planning process.

The guidance explains:

  • what a planning obligation is
  • the type of development that may need one
  • how the obligation can be prepared without unnecessary delay

As planning obligations may sometimes involve developers making a financial contribution to the local authority, it is essential that such arrangements are operated in a way that is seen to be fair, open and reasonable.

Guidance for the use of planning obligations is outlined in Central Government Circular 05/2005.