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Housing: Planning Permission

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether section 106 agreements may be attached to household extensions in cases where the proposed extension (a) does and (b) does not have permitted development rights. (252303)

Planning obligations (also known as section 106 agreements) can be attached to a planning permission to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.

Research commissioned by the Department shows that in 2005-06 only 6.4 per cent. of planning permissions had an obligation attached to them and that the majority of these obligations were attached to large development.

New revisions to planning regulations for General Permitted Development Orders, announced by the Government on 10 September 2008, meant that from 1 October 2008 the majority of homeowners will no longer need to get planning permission when extending their existing homes.

Therefore, for the majority of household extensions with permitted development rights planning permission would not be required and they would therefore not be liable for planning obligations. For those developments which do not have permitted development rights, planning permission may be required and therefore a section 106 obligation could be attached to the permission.