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Planning Obligations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps her Department is taking to support the development of a landowner and developer tariff for infrastructure delivery in growth areas as an interim measure pending the introduction of the proposed Planning Gain Supplement; (143167)

(2) what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of existing landowner and developer tariff schemes as a means of capturing land value and securing funds for infrastructural development;

(3) what definition her Department uses of a landowner and developer tariff for the purposes of infrastructure delivery.

Communities and Local Government does not use a definition for landowner and developer tariffs. In practice landowner and developer tariffs are planning obligations negotiated between the landowner, developer and the local planning authority under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by section 12 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

Communities and Local Government has provided support to local planning authorities and local delivery vehicles in the growth areas:

(i) they have submitted a bid for funding from the Growth Area Fund towards studies underpinning the schemes,

(ii) our costs contribute to specific infrastructure projects in the Growth Areas which meet our strategic objectives, and;

(iii) through advice and expertise provided via English Partnerships.

For example, in Kent Thameside, Communities and Local Government has been working in partnership with Local Planning Authorities, Kent County Council, Highways Agency and Department for Transport to develop a solution enabling local and regional transport infrastructure to support development aspirations.