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Information for developers

Planning obligations (Section 106/CIL)

New residential development often places pressure on existing education infrastructure and therefore its impact must be mitigated for the development to be acceptable in planning terms as outlined in the national planning policy framework, 2018. 

Developer contributions for education are secured by means of conditions attached to planning permissions, a planning obligation under Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, or the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

A Section 106 planning obligation secures a contribution directly payable to Staffordshire County Council for education (or direct provision of a school 'in kind'). Alternatively, CIL revenues are intended to help fund the supporting infrastructure needs to address cumulative impact of development across a local authority. This levy is optional for local planning authorities (LPAs) in England and Wales. Some of the LPAs across Staffordshire have adopted this approach.

We have a planning obligations policy which sets out the approach to planning obligations for necessary education infrastructure. It provides the basis for calculating likely educational contributions and enables indicative figures to be calculated by developers wishing to understand what the anticipated contributions would be for a development site. It is not based on any analysis of the local area for development.

Where it is deemed appropriate, we reserve the right to determine an educational contribution using a different methodology. This may be where a more precise cost for providing additional and necessary educational facilities is known, where a development is of a large size or where one or more separate developments are to be phased across an area. 

The School Organisation Team are currently reviewing the planning obligations policy with key stakeholders. It is expected that formal consultation on the revised document will take place during 2020. Further details will be available here at the appropriate time.

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