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Planning obligations (Section 106)

Read what legal requirements we follow to allow planning permission to be granted for development proposals.

Published: 23 December 2020

Last updated: 19 January 2021

Planning obligations (sometimes known as Section 106 requirements) are legal agreements that are used by us to allow, in appropriate circumstances, planning permission to be granted for development proposals that might have otherwise been considered unacceptable in planning terms.

To lessen the impact of a development, planning obligations are used to secure affordable housing and other measures. These obligations are secured through a legal agreement or unilateral undertaking.

Our latest draft guidance on the use of planning obligations including the legal framework for their use is set in the document.



The document above will be reviewed following the publication of the new City Plan 2019 - 2040.

This document was prepared and consulted on as part of the preparation of the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule in 2015.

Existing guidance on planning obligations


This guidance remains in effect although parts of it have been superseded by the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations at GOV.UK.