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Planning Contributions for Open Space

Policy ID6 of the Local Plan: Development Management Policies (Part 2 of the Local Plan) requires residential development schemes of 11 or more dwellings to provide or fund new open space to make sure the available amount of open space keeps up with growing needs.

The requirements cover:

  • the amount and type of open space that should be provided on site, and
  • the financial contributions needed when it can't be provided on site (Section 106 contributions)

The tariff for financial contributions will be updated at least annually. This is to take into account inflation. We will use the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers' housing costs (CPIH) measure of inflation.

View the latest planning contributions for open space and Special Protection Area tariff.

Planning Contributions for Open Space in New Developments SPD

We're consulting on a Planning Contributions for Open Space in New Developments Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) between 8 May and 12 June 2024. View and respond to the consultation. (opens new window)

The document will:

  • provide detailed guidance for applicants on how the open space contributions are applied
  • explain the different types of open space

After we've consulted on the SPD and adopted it, we will publish it on this web page.

We've carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening.

Read our determination statement (PDF) [1MB]

Open space contributions calculator

We've prepared two calculators to help developers understand open space provision.

Financial contributions will be due where:

  • a scheme does not meet the threshold for onsite provision in Policy ID6
  • some or all of any required on-site open space is not provided

The open space contributions calculators:

  • are not a comprehensive assessment of contributions

We may request those following full evaluation of a planning application.

Download the on-site open space contributions calculator (Excel doc) [26KB]

Download the off-site open space financial contributions calculator (Excel doc) [27KB]

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