Development contributions (S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy)

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a standard charge on developments. It is used to help deliver infrastructure to support development. In most of East Sussex it has replaced the use of Section 106 planning obligations. In certain circumstances they may be used by planning authorities.

All District and Borough Councils in East Sussex, except for Hastings Borough Council, have an adopted CIL charging schedule in place:

Lewes and Eastbourne Councils CIL

Rother District Council CIL

South Downs National Park Authority CIL

Wealden District Council CIL

Hastings Borough Council still only uses Section 106 planning obligations:

Hastings Borough Council Supplementary Planning Guidance Note

The CIL is governed by The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

GOV.UK CIL – MHCLG guidance on the Community Infrastructure Levy

Section 106 Planning Obligations

Planning obligations, involve the use of Section 106 legal agreements.

They can be used to secure financial contributions as part of a planning permission. This would make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms.

They are focused on mitigating the impact of development. For example, the provision of infrastructure (i.e. transport improvements and school places). This is necessary to:

  • support the development
  • or to minimise the impact on the environment.

Guidance on development contributions in East Sussex

Updates to our guidance

The costs related to planning obligations were revised in 2014. The BCIS All in TPI to provide figures for 2014 to 2015.

Revised costs for development contributions with effect from January 2015.

In April 2012 we revised our guidance. It includes updated information about:

  • available capacity
  • the costs of providing service infrastructure and facilities.

Updated Information on Stress Areas and Contribution Costs with effect from April 2012.