This consultation is open. The final date for feedback is 7 February 2020.

The Planning Contributions and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out the council’s approach to developer contributions (S106 Agreements). The SPD cannot make Policy but adds detail to policies in the development plan (i.e. the Adopted Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans). The SPD prioritises contributions and provides detailed advice on implementation and matters such as viability testing.

An interim SPD update has been prepared to take account of legal and other changes since 2017 (the date of the current Planning Contributions and Affordable Housing SPD). In particular:

  • Take into account the February 2019 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). This sets out a minimum affordable housing threshold for most areas of 10 dwellings.
  • To make changes in line with updated CIL Regulations, including the removal of pooling restrictions and other limitations. Removing pooling restrictions is a major improvement to the way S106 contributions can operate.
  • Make reference to the Neighbourhood Plans and emerging Housing Strategy (including referring to the emerging Housing Strategy on energy efficient design).
  • Attempt to remove snags from the 2017 document. In particular setting contributions based on dwelling floor space rather than bedroom numbers.
  • Seek to increase flexibility in the use of S106 across projects, within the legal limitations governing them.
  • Increase contributions in line with inflation to 2019 prices.

We are consulting on the content of this SPD (available below) from Friday 13 December 2019 to Friday 7 February 2020. If you have any comments, please forward them to within this timeframe.