Planning obligations

Section 106 agreements

We list your planning obligations in a Section 106 agreement. This is a contract between you (the developer) and us (the local planning authority). We attach Section 106 agreements to planning permission. If a development is unacceptable in planning terms, a Section 106 agreement makes it become acceptable.

We use Section 106 agreements to:

  • set out the nature of the development. This might mean we make sure part of a new housing estate is made up of affordable homes
  • compensate for any loss of damage resulting from a development (e.g. loss of open space)
  • mitigate a development's impact. We might do this by using the money to increase public transport infrastructure

Any planning obligations have to be:

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

Read more information in our Planning Contributions Supplementary Planning Document.