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Briefing session - Section 106 101 - Everything you need to know about Planning Obligations

 Section 106 Briefing session

On the 23 February 2023, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, with South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and BNP Paribas Real Estate, hosted ‘Section 106 101 - Everything you need to know about Planning Obligations’ at the Council Chamber in Cambourne.

The event was a briefing session for Councillors all about planning obligations. Planning obligations are legally enforceable to mitigate a development proposal's impacts. Taken from section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (hence their more common name ‘section 106’).

They are agreements between a developer and the Local Planning Authority designed to meet the concerns an LPA may have about meeting the cost of providing new infrastructure for an area.

Preceded by a presentation by BNP Paribas Real Estate on the subject of development viability, the workshop covered:

  • The structure of a section 106 agreement

  • The purpose of a section 106 agreement and the legal tests that need to be met

  • How specialist teams assess the impact of development and identify appropriate mitigation

  • The role of the planning officer and the Planning Committee

  • The process for completing a section 106 agreement

  • How section 106 agreements are managed and monitored.