Planning obligations

Spending and monitoring

Planning Officers are responsible for negotiating and securing Planning Obligations. They work closely with Spending Officers who assess the need for new infrastructure and services. Some Spending Officers are external to the council, such as the police, but the majority fall within our responsibility.

We have Monitoring Officers who record and monitor both financial and in kind contributions to ensure Planning Obligations are delivered within the constraints of the agreements.

Monitoring reports

These show details of secured and received Planning Obligation contributions for each Parish. 

Within the Parish report there is a planning obligation table detailing the status of the planning obligation contribution which has been secured. The table will be blank when the contribution has not yet been received.

Spend State will show as Uncommitted when a contribution has been received but not allocated.

Secured where the funds have been approved for a project but not fully spent.

Spent when the funds have been fully spent.

The reports are produced in PDF format and also Excel for the parishes that have a large number of contributions, within the Excel version there are pivot tables and a slicer which will allow you to analyse the data. Where there are multiple spend states for a contribution this will be recorded as a separate record for each element in Excel.

Receipt of contributions and their intended use

Developers and Land owners / applicants of planning permissions are able to submit revised schemes for development on the same piece of land. It is then for the developer to decide which scheme they wish to implement. Each new revision will require them to enter into a new agreement or unilateral undertaking. We will only collect contributions secured from the schemes implemented.

When a development has begun the Section 106 monies will not be received until the developer has reached their trigger point.

Each Section 106 Agreement will state how to spend contributions. Where a specific purpose has been written into the agreement, the contribution must legally be used for that purpose only.

To reflect changes in the costs of provisions most contributions secured are index linked. This allows contributions to remain in line with the economy. Index linking is set out in more detail in the Planning Obligations Strategy Background Paper.

The economic downturn has resulted in a greater number of developers approaching us to try to re-negotiate planning obligations on existing permissions or argue for reduced obligations on new applications. This is assessed on a case by case basis by the planning officer.

If planning permissions are not implemented the secured contributions are not required to be paid.

View by parish

View Section 106 parish reports >>

We currently do not have any reports for the following areas:

  • Astwick
  • Battlesden
  • Chalgrave
  • Edworth
  • Eversholt
  • Eyeworth
  • Potsgrove
  • Stanbridge
  • Steppingley
  • Sundon
  • Sutton
  • Totternhoe