Developer contributions

Planning obligations

Our planning officers may seek contributions from a developer. These are secured through a Section 106 legal agreement or S106 unilateral undertaking.

Usually developer contributions (through S106 agreements) are for:

  • Highways
  • Transport improvements and travel initiatives
  • Community or recreation facilities
  • Education
  • Health
  • Affordable housing

The contributions are to reduce the impact of a new development and to make sure it does not place additional pressure on existing infrastructure. 

Planning officers negotiate with the developer so the proposed development is acceptable in planning terms. Developers are asked to pay for, or contribute towards, the cost of additional infrastructure needed to service the new development.

The level of contribution will be related to the scale of the new development and its impact on the local environment.

However, S106 contributions cannot compensate for a proposed development that is considered unacceptable.

Download our latest guidance developer contributions technical guidance (PDF 270KB) - last updated March 2017.

Read the committee covering report developer contributions technical guidance covering report 9 March 2017 (PDF 42KB)

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The CIL allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from new development for strategic infrastructure which supports growth. 

The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) 

We are working towards putting a CIL charging schedule in place and we have prepared a preliminary draft charging schedule  (PDF 3.5 MB) in accordance with the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended).

The tourism, development and culture committee agreed in September 2017 to consult upon this PDCS for 8 weeks. Read the committee covering report community infrastructure levy - preliminary draft charging schedule 21 Sept 2017 (PDF 35KB) - during the consultation period, comments on the PDCS are welcomed through our consultation portal.

We will review all responses before we prepare a CIL draft charging schedule.

The evidence base

To support this work an independent viability study has been carried out by consultants DixonSearle Partnership. The study, and its are:

The local development plan shows what our city requires and this is also used to evidence why we need a CIL charge.

Funding infrastructure through CIL 

In spring 2018 we will produce a list of strategic infrastructure projects that might be funded through CIL. This is known as a Regulation 123 list and will contain items within the infrastructure development plan update 2017 (504 KB). It will be used to support the future CIL draft charging schedule.

The PDCS contains a list of S106 contributions which we  propose to turn off when we start collecting CIL. Planning obligations (S106 agreements) will still be used to address site specific impacts and areas such as affordable housing. Items on the Regulation 123 list will not be eligible for S106 contributions. 

For detailed information on CIL see frequently asked questions (PDF 10KB)