The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a consultation on Section 106 planning obligations on 20th February 2015.
The Autumn Statement 2014 included a commitment to consult on measures to speed up the negotiation and agreement of section 106 agreements as part of the Government’s commitment to delivering a faster and more effective planning system [see Update 291].
The consultation seeks views on what mechanisms may be used to speed up the negotiation and completion of section 106 planning obligations. The consultation also seeks views on whether the requirement to provide affordable housing contributions acts as a barrier to development providing dedicated student accommodation.
DCLG are welcoming comments from any individuals or organisations in England with an interest in the proposals. The closing date for responses is 19th March. For more information and to download a response form, see the DCLG website. A written statement to parliament published on 5th March also gives a useful breakdown of the Consultation as well as other changes currently underway.