Planning Obligations - S106 Agreements

When the Council considers planning applications for new developments in Darlington, we will consider a wider range of issues relating to facilities provided by new developments. This is to make sure that the right type and the right amount of facilities are provided to make the area pleasant for everyone who will live or work there. Such facilities are known as 'planning obligations', 'developer contributions' or 's106 agreements'.

New facilities are only needed where existing facilities cannot cope with the extra use from the new development. The type and amount of facilities needed in an area vary depending on the kind of development being proposed. For example, if a new housing development were to be built, we need to make sure that neighbouring roads will be able to cope with the extra traffic, that there will be enough local school places or that there will be suitable play facilities in the area.

The Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (Planning Obligations SPD) was adopted on the 31 January 2013. It replaces the Affordable Housing SPD, the Commuted Sums from New Housing Development to Enhance Children’s Equipped Play Areas SPG and Open Space Strategy policies 19, 20 and 21.

On 16 June 2016 a Position Statement was presented to the Efficiency and Resources Scrutiny Committee to address the request of Members to receive an update in relation to the obligations contracted under Section 106 of the Town and County Planning Act for developments in the Borough. The document can be viewed here [pdf document]

On 10 May 2017 a Position Statement was presented to the Planning Applications Committee to update on the position of Section 106 Agreements in relation to developments in the Borough. The document can be viewed here [pdf document]