Planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy

Planning obligations allow us to secure infrastructure from developments in the local area.

Planning obligations

We use planning obligations to make development acceptable in planning terms. Examples of planning obligations that we typically seek:

Type of planning obligationFurther information
Special Protection Area (SPA) mitigationThames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
Affordable housingNew affordable housing in Rushmoor
Transport improvementsTransport contributions SPD
Open spacepdf icon Open Space - Cabinet report agreeing developer contributions [10kb]

Our charges for 2019/20 are:

£1,800 per one-bed unit
£2,200 per two-bed + unit

Infrastructure funding statement

In September 2019, the government introduced regulations that require us to produce an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS). The statement sets out details about Section 106 planning obligation receipts and projects, and identifies infrastructure that has or will be provided using this funding.

Our first IFS for the 2019/20 monitoring year is available below:

Future versions of the IFS will be published annually by 31 December.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new development to raise funds to provide infrastructure based on a charge per square metre (sqm) on new floorspace created. 

We have not introduced a level because of the following concerns:

  • The difficulties of funding Special Protection Area (SPA) mitigation measure though the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Anticipated income levels are likely to be lower than income received through Section 106
  • Resource requirements to implement the Community Infrastructure Levy

In 2014, our Cabinet agreed to delay the introduction of Community Infrastructure Levy charging. Since then, there have been a number of government consultations on the levy, including some substantial changes proposed in the Planning for the Future White Paper. We are keeping this position under review.

You can find out more information about planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in the Goverment planning practice guidance (NPPG) document.

 
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