In considering an application for planning permission, the Council may seek to secure benefits to an area or restrict uses or activities related to a proposed development through the negotiation of a ‘planning obligation’ with the developer. Such obligations, authorised by section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (hence the name), generally either improve the quality of the development, or overcome difficulties which would otherwise result in planning permission being refused.

Examples of the use of planning obligations:

  • Provision of affordable housing;
  • Improved community facilities - Public open space / play areas, educational facilities;
  • Improved transport facilities - contributions have previously been used towards Oldham bus station, park and ride and provision of cycle lanes;
  • Public art;
  • Renewable energy measures;
  • Specific measures to mitigate impact on a local area - parking restrictions, landscaping or noise insulation;
  • Restrictions and obligations on the use of land.

This list is not exhaustive. Each planning application and section 106 obligation is dealt with individually on its merits and restrictions and requirements not on this list may also be needed.

Planning permissions can therefore be subject to conditions or planning obligations enabling proposals to go ahead which might otherwise be refused.

For further information on how the Council calculates Section 106 sums please see the Good Practice Guide (revised September 2008).

Reports to Planning Committee

For more information on how the resources are used and managed and some of the projects that have been completed please see the reports below: