Nowadays, increasing numbers of developers involved with ‘new build’ housing estates are being called on by local authorities to enter a Section 106 agreement which requires them to contribute to local community facilities or local worthy causes.
For example, if a developer builds more than 10 houses they may be asked to contribute up to £1500 per house to the local authority who then uses the money on local community projects that they feel may be adversely affected by the new population – this is designed to offset the impact of the additional population resulting from the new housing against these facilities.
These projects could be nurseries, schools, sports clubs or youth clubs, whichever the council deems to be the most needy element of the community.
In these cases, the council expects the developer to offer agreements unilaterally or to negotiate with them to provide infrastructure facilities in support of their planning application.
When you think about it, especially in the case of village locations or small conurbations, the impact of an additional housing development may nearly double the population and can place significant extra demands on local schools, sports clubs or roads which the local authority would have to deal with.
As a result, in these situations, a Section 106 agreement may well be included as part of the granting of planning permission.
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