Planning obligations

Planning obligations are agreements made between local authorities and developers and can be attached to a planning permission to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms and are generally used when planning conditions are not suitable or cannot deliver a particular requirement.

The following pages provide information on the planning obligations which may be sought from development within Lichfield District. For more information on planning obligations in Lichfield District please use the left hand navigation.

When are planning obligations used?

Planning obligations assist in mitigating the impact of unacceptable development to make it acceptable in planning terms and are generally used when planning conditions are not suitable or cannot deliver a particular requirement. As set out in Regulations 122 and 123 of the CIL Regulations 2010 and in paragraph 204 of the National planning Policy Framework (NPPF) a planning obligation may only constitute a reason for granting planning permission for the development if the obligation is:

  • necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms
  • directly related to the development
  • fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development

Where development is needed to meet the aims of a development plan, the local authority along with other public sector organisations decide what contributions are required to ensure that the additional demands placed on the local facilities and environment are addressed. Payments from planning obligations can be supported by further private or public funding to help deliver the required development. These decisions are reached through negotiation.