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 which is 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This document has been superseded by CIL Regulations 2010. However, 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] receipts can be used to support growth by helping to pay for a wide range of infrastructure, which will include parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities, leisure centres etc.
CIL is a charge on the net increase in floor space and is payable on most developments over 100 sqm, or where a new dwelling is created. CIL rates may vary by area and use, i.e. there may be different rates for residential or industrial uses. Unlike Section 106 agreements, CIL is a standard tariff and is not negotiable.
When introduced, CIL is intended to replace some types of Section 106 planning agreements. However, affordable housing and other site-specific mitigation measures will continue to be required through Section 106 agreements.
Community Infrastructure Levy in South Kesteven
The council has not yet made a decision on the introduction of CIL.