We are committed to delivering sustainable communities that are safe, healthy and inclusive. To help achieve this, we expect new developments to provide or contribute directly towards the provision of necessary infrastructure to reduce the impacts of those developments on existing communities and services.
These developer obligations (including contributions) are often known as Section 106 planning obligations.
Ashdown Forest mitigation contributions
Planning applications for residential development within 7km of Ashdown Forest will need to mitigate the potential impacts of the development to ensure the effects of any increase in visitors to Ashdown Forest are addressed. Such mitigation may involve the payment of financial contributions towards both Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) mitigation.
For more information please visit our Protecting Ashdown Forest page.
Mid Sussex District Council contributions
Mid Sussex District Council adopted three Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) in relation to developer obligations (including contributions) on the 25th July 2018.
The Development Infrastructure and Contributions SPD sets out the overall framework for planning obligations:
- Development Infrastructure and Contributions SPD
Additional guidance is also provided on affordable housing and development viability:
Mid Sussex District Council Monitoring Fees for Planning Obligations
The 2019/2020 fees for monitoring planning obligations are as follows:
- For developments up to 15 dwellings - £150 per obligation
- For larger developments between 16 and 100 dwellings, and including commercial developments - £450 per obligation
- For very large developments over 100 dwellings - £500 per obligation. Where an obligation is based on triggers, the fee will be £500 per trigger.
On all developments there will be a £300 fee levied for each approval required either by Mid Sussex District Council or West Sussex County Council as set out in the planning obligation. For example, a management plan.
There may be an additional fee for site inspections where land is being transferred to the District Council.
West Sussex County Council obligations
West Sussex County Council may require developer obligations for:
- Education and other facilities for children and young people
- Fire and rescue services, including fire hydrants
- Services supporting older people and those with disabilities and mental health needs
- Waste management
There are contribution calculators on the West Sussex County Council website for working out contributions for Sustainable Transport (TAD), Education and Libraries.
Financial contributions are generally relevant for smaller developments and West Sussex County Council will ordinarily seek bespoke infrastructure requirements for larger developments, however, advice specific to individual planning applications will be provided.
For further detailed guidance on Section 106 planning obligations for West Sussex County Council, please visit the West Sussex County Council s106 webpages.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
We intend to progress work on a Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule, which will set out the charging rates for new developments in Mid Sussex.
No timetable has been decided for this work yet.
Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)
We are updating the draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) for Mid Sussex. The new IDP will identify the infrastructure required to support the planned development in the District Plan, made neighbourhood plans and, in due course, the draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document.