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Section 106 information

Section 106s, also known as planning obligations, are an agreement between the Council and a developer, where the developer agrees to provide contributions to offset negative impacts caused by construction and development.

Historically in West Lancashire, contributions have been accepted for affordable homes, open space, public transport infrastructure or services, footpaths/cycleways and community facilities (e.g. health, leisure and education facilities).

However, the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in September 2014, has changed S106 requirements slightly.

CIL is a new charge, levied on certain developments, to help fund required infrastructure in the Borough.  To make sure that developers know what types of infrastructure we intend to use CIL monies on, we must publish a list of all the infrastructure types - called a Regulation 123 (R123) list

To prevent us double-charging developers, we cannot ask for S106 obligations to fund those items already listed on the R123 list.

This means that in West Lancashire certain infrastructure types - like public open space and some transport and community schemes - will now be collected through CIL.  However, Section 106 obligations, or planning conditions, will continue to be used on a site by site basis to secure certain items, including:

  • Affordable homes
  • Education provision
  • Onsite open space and future maintenance
  • Flood alleviation measures
  • Other site specific items

The developer will either create these or make payments to us for them to be carried out. All planning obligations must be relevant to the development they relate to.

More information on S106s can be found through these pages, using the links below

 More information on CIL can be found below: