Developer Contributions Guidance FAQ's

What are developer contributions?

Developer contributions are specific contributions towards affordable housing provision, infrastructure provision and/or environmental enhancement sought in relation to planning applications in order to make the development acceptable. A legal agreement, known as a Section 106 Agreement is used to secure these contributions.

Why prepare guidance on developer contributions?

The introduction of a community infrastructure levy affects the way in which developer contributions can be used to fund infrastructure provision in a local area. It has therefore been necessary to prepare guidance for developers as to when developer contributions will be required, and how the Council will go about setting out the legal agreement to ensure that the contributions are delivered in a timely manner.

The draft guidance addresses affordable housing provision, open space provision, wildlife management, landscaping, flood risk management, and public realm improvements.
Essex County Council has prepared separate guidance addressing services they provide including education and libraries.