Have your say on key planning document
Council planners want to hear views on a document designed to help inform developers how much they will be required to pay towards infrastructure for new developments in the District.
The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out details of the expected contributions which largely involve the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 / Section 278 planning obligations.
CIL is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area to help fund broader supporting infrastructure.
Section 106 agreements can be used to secure specific infrastructure such as community facilities to mitigate the direct impacts of development. They can also be used to secure affordable housing.
Section 278 payments refer to alterations and improvements to roads which may be necessary as a result of a new development.
Planning conditions can also be used to help secure certain development requirements.
The draft SPD is aimed at a number of different audiences including landowners and developers, statutory providers, Town and Parish Councils and the local community.
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “Developer contributions are a vital part of how we plan housing schemes in West Oxfordshire, ensuring residents have good facilities and infrastructure to support their communities.
“This draft document sets out clearly and transparently what is expected of developers and I would urge as many interested parties as possible to complete the consultation and help us shape future developments in a sensible and sustainable way.”
The consultation is running for six weeks until 5pm on Monday 21 December.
The draft SPD can be viewed in full here: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/supplementary-planning-documents/