Managing growth

New housing developments in Northamptonshire have an impact on existing county council services. This could be in the form of increased traffic on our roads, or additional pupils to attend schools.

Planning obligations in Northamptonshire

In order for county council services to continue to run effectively, it is often necessary for developers to contribute towards county council infrastructure. This could be in the form of money, or physical works.

Planning obligations is the mechanism through which developers of land contribute towards the provision of facilities and infrastructure, which support the growth of Northamptonshire. These planning obligations are secured in a document known as a Section 106 agreement.

Policy document for planning obligations and Section 106 in Northamptonshire

This document provides clear guidance on the county council's approach and ensures that new developments play a fair role in delivering the infrastructure and services required to facilitate and support new communities.

The purpose of the document is:

  • to demonstrate the county council's approach to developer contributions across our service areas
  • to guide discussions on current and future development proposals and their service requirements
  • to underline the county council's determination to secure certainty and confidence for public sector partners, landowners and developers by addressing these matters in a strategic, corporate and clear way
  • to provide an adopted policy to inform the ongoing work on developing planning obligation policy in Northamptonshire and to provide an evidence-based, thorough approach to developer contributions
  • to inform emerging policy regarding the proposed move away from the current system of planning obligations towards a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The document was formally adopted as a county council policy by Cabinet in January 2015. A technical update to the document was approved by North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Committee in August 2021, including updates to the evidence base set out in document and confirming amended benchmark costs and yields. The following S106 Technical Update Note sets out these changes in further detail:

The following explanatory notes explain the status of the document as county council policy and provides clarity on how the document will be applied:

To accompany the document, and subsequent technical updates, the Council commissions Pupil Generation Forecast surveys, which acts as an evidence base when calculating how many school children a development is likely to generate:

Developer contributions annual report

The county council's Development Management Service produces an annual report on developer contributions and Section 106 on behalf of education, libraries, and fire and rescue. These reports enable the county council to be open and transparent with the works undertaken and funds secured through the development process:

This section will be updated regularly to include all forthcoming annual reports once they are finalised.

Infrastructure Funding Statement

In accordance with the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2019, all councils in receipt of developer contributions are required to produce an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS). The IFS provides a summary of the Section 106 financial contributions secured and received as a result of new development, for the purposes of providing the infrastructure necessary to support growth. The purpose of this document is to provide clarity and transparency to local communities and developers on infrastructure expenditure. 

Northamptonshire County Council's Infrastructure Funding Statement sets out progress on the collection and expenditure of S106 monies during the reporting period 1 April  to 31 March. It also considers planned S106 expenditure over the next reporting period and beyond.

The information contained within this report will be updated annually and published on the relevant website(s).

Travel plan guidance

We expect developments (both commercial and residential) to produce travel plans as part of the planning process in Northamptonshire. This is in order to achieve transport modal shift targets in the county.

The following templates set out the desired structure and content of travel plans expected for agreement and approval by the county council.

The templates follow the advice contained in the Department for Transport guidelines document below and act as a definitive guide to the expectations of the county council: