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Section 106 Agreements

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will instruct the Planning Inspectorate to increase its use of section 106 agreements. (95794)

The role of the Planning Inspectorate is to administer the process of planning appeals made to the Secretary of State, by determining each appeal on its own merits, including whether a section 106 agreement is necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms.

However, the inspectorate cannot be a party to a section 106 agreement as these are private legal agreements between a local planning authority and those with an interest in the land.