In November 2014 the Government issued a ministerial statement setting out proposed changes to national policy in relation to Section 106 planning obligations, along with corresponding National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG). These changes mean that Councils have not been requiring Planning Applications to pay commuted sums in relation to open spaces and village halls.
However, following a successful legal challenge by two local authorities, the government has now withdrawn the relevant text NPPG which means that Harrogate Borough Council will once again be seeking commuted sums in accordance with adopted Core Strategy Policy C1 ‘Inclusive Communities’ and associated Supplementary Planning Documents.
As from 1st October 2015 all applications received for new residential development will be subject to requirements set out in the policy. The only exception to this approach will be new housing developments of four or less dwellings within the settlements of Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough.
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