Section 106 planning process under review

Thu 5th March 2015, 11:56 am

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced proposals to speed up the part of the planning system known as the Section 106 agreement, to help build homes more quickly.

Section 106 agreements are a mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, which would not otherwise be acceptable. They are focused on site specific mitigation of the impact of development. According to the government, Section 106 agreements can lead to long negotiations that delay the planning process. 

Lewis intends to speed up the process by:

- setting clear time limits so section 106 negotiations are completed in line with the existing eight to 13 week target for planning applications to be processed

- requiring parties to start discussions at the beginning of the planning application process, rather than the current system where negotiations can often start towards the end

- a dispute resolution process where negotiations stall preventing development

- using standardised documents to avoid agreements being drafted from scratch for each and every application

Brandon Lewis said: "Section 106 planning agreements can bring great benefits to local communities but too often they drag out planning applications for months.

"That’s why today I’m proposing measures that will speed up the process, get planning permissions granted quicker and workers on site earlier, all the while keeping the community benefits that these agreements can bring."

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