Supplementary Planning Documents

Planning Obligations SPD

Planning Obligations are legal agreements that  we make with developers to mitigate the negative effects of a development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.

They can be used to:

  • prescribe what type of development takes place, by requiring a certain amount of affordable housing in a residential project, for example; or
  • obtain contributions towards infrastructure from a developer in order to lessen a project’s impact, or to compensate for loss or damage.

The Planning Obligations SPD (2017) supersedes the Planning Obligations SPD (revised September 2011). This​ ​was​ ​seen​ ​as​ ​necessary​ ​because​ ​of significant​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​policy​ ​context​ ​surrounding​ ​Planning​ Obligations,​ ​namely​ ​the​ ​introduction of​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Planning​ ​Policy​ ​Framework​ ​(2012);​ ​and the​ ​introduction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Community Infrastructure​ ​Levy and corresponding ​Community​ ​Infrastructure​ ​Levy Regulations​ ​(2010​ ​as​ ​amended)​ ​which​ ​have​ ​redefined​ ​the​ ​way​ ​in​ ​which​ ​developers​ ​are​ ​expected to​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​community​ ​infrastructure.  

The Planning Obligations SPD was adopted on the 3rd April 2017 and is a material consideration for future planning applications.

Adoption statement

In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that the Planning Obligations SPD was formally adopted by the Council on the 3rd April 2017.

Details of the Growth Committee decision including the Committee Report and statement summarising the consultation responses, are available on the council's website.

The adopted Planning Obligations SPD is available to view on the council's website.

The SPD along with a copy of this Adoption Statement is also available for inspection from our Offices at the Information and Contact Centre, Guildhall 2, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU during normal office hours (9am-5pm Monday-Friday).

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the Supplementary Planning Document listed above may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of the Council's decision to adopt the SPD. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than 3 months after the date in which this Supplementary Planning Document was adopted (3rd April 2017).

More information, including guidance notes for unilateral undertaking can be be found on our Planning Obligations pages