Today (11 May 2022) the government introduced the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill 2022 to Parliament. This post focuses on the first proper details of the much-trailed Infrastructure Levy, initially proposed to replace Section 106 affordable housing and planning obligations in the Planning for the Future White Paper (now shelved).
S106M comment on reports suggesting the government's proposals to scrap section 106 developer contributions, affordable housing policies and CIL and replace them with a 'Consolidated Infrastructure Levy' will be included the Queen's Speech and come forward for consultation shortly. We outline the potential challenges and propose a constructive solution.
S106 Management's Tom Furby in conversation with Nimbus Maps' Andrew Green regarding s106 agreements, viability, CIL Reg 122 and planning obligations, March 2021.
Appeal win reducing 17 affordable houses to zero on the basis of high infrastructure costs. S106M provided viability reporting, extensive negotiations with the council and appeal statement of case and further affordable housing statements to support this recent Appeal in North East Lincolnshire for 68 houses and 18 apartments on part of a large strategic site adopted in the local plan and previously consented.
Section 106 contributions and planning obligations have long been a controversial topic, both within the planning industry and in the wider social community. These contributions are often crucial to the sustainability of a site, but reports show that some of the money is unspent years later.
There are several headlines of note from Rishi Sunak’s Budget 2021 announcements, including both things said and unsaid. Here's our reaction to Wednesday's announcements.
Vacant building credit was introduced in 2014 - but what exactly is it and how can it be used in relation to planning obligations and affordable housing?
This viability case extends through initial report, extensive negotiation and appeal. It demonstrates several important points, including the way greenfield infrastructure costs should be accounted for in viability assessments, how to deal with potentially unreasonable behaviour from a planning authority, and that just because a site is allocated in the local plan does not mean that site-specific costs cannot be taken into account. It also demonstrates that a duplicate planning permission can be used to vary previously agreed s106 contributions.