Planning Obligations and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Advice about what sort of contributions the council may ask for from developments.

Planning Obligations (S106) are a way of requiring developers to provide, or contribute directly to, the provision of necessary services and infrastructure required by their development. 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a contribution made by individual developments to a fund used to provide infrastructure and services in a specified area.

National policy requires that any developer contribution sought must be:

  • necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms
  • directly related to the development
  • fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind

In addition, recent changes to regulations mean that authorities will only be able to accept a maximum of five contributions towards infrastructure projects or types of infrastructure.

Affordable housing has been specifically excluded from the provisions of the CIL Regulations 2010. S106 agreements will continue to be the preferred mechanism for securing affordable housing through the planning process and financial contributions will not be restricted by the pooling restrictions.

Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document

In June 2012 the council adopted a Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document.

This document has been superseded by CIL Regulations 2010.  The document provides a useful guide to the type and amount of contributions which may be requested from statutory consultees and service providers through the planning application process. Any contributions sought will be secured through a legal agreement and will have to meet the three tests set out above.

The SPD and associated documents can be downloaded here:

Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL]