Developer Contributions

Seeking planning obligations including developer contributions towards infrastructure provision

A planning obligation is a legal agreement between the planning authority, the applicant/developer and anyone else that has an interest in the land when a planning application is approved.

'Section 106 Agreements' and 'Unilateral Undertakings' are types of Planning Obligation authorised by Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

An obligation either requires the developer to do something or restricts what can be done with land following planning permission being granted.

We register these obligations as Local Land Charges. They are executed as deeds so you may need to employ a planning agent or a solicitor to act on your behalf.

Failure to complete an agreement means that planning permission will be refused.

Relevant policies

Heathlands Mitigation

In accordance with the Dorset Heathlands SPD we will seek contributions towards Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) at a rate of:-

  • £394 per house
  • £269 per flat

The Heathlands Policy page sets out background information and policy context.

Affordable Housing

Contributions towards affordable housing will be calculated in accordance with policy set out in the Affordable Housing DPD and SPD.

Please refer to the Affordable Housing page which explains how developers will be required to contribute towards affordable housing.

Forms for Section 106 Agreements

These forms need to be completed and sent in with any planning application you submit for new or additional dwellings.

If the site are is 0.5 hectares of more, please complete the form for 10 or more dwellings.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council adopted the Bournemouth CIL Charging Schedule on 19th January 2016. The Charging Schedule came into effect on 1st March 2016 and applies to planning decisions made from that date.

Please see the Community Infrastructure Levy webpage for information on CIL. 


Our Authorities Monitoring Report (AMR) is produced on a yearly basis to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Plan. The AMR is a live document which monitors the performance of adopted policies against the targets set out in the monitoring framework.

Our 5 year land supply is set out in the latest Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The SHLAA demonstrates that there is a sufficient housing supply to meet the area's housing target between 2019 - 2024 and throughout the rest of the plan period to 2033.

The Infrastructure funding statement sets out all of the contributions collected from development and where these contributions were spent during 2019/20.