Council to charge builders for monitoring community contributions - The Solihull Observer

Council to charge builders for monitoring community contributions

Solihull Editorial 21st Nov, 2019   0

DEVELOPERS could be forced to pay more money to Solihull Council to see homes built in the borough.

The council is considering introducing higher fees for Section 106 monitoring, which will find out where contributions from building firms are being spent.

The planning department adds Section 106 payments as a condition of building large developments, to help fund community assets such as schools and parks.

Fees would be charged from next year of £500 for five houses or commercial space of 1,000 sq m.

£1,000 for up to 10 houses or commercial space of 5,000 sq m.

£3,000 up to 50 houses or commercial space up to 10,000 sq m.

£5,000 up to 100 houses or over 10,000 sq m commercial.

£10,000 for developments over 100 houses.

Regulations set this year by parliament will allow pooling of more than five section 106 payments and require councils to publish details of where planning obligations are spent.

Per year, Solihull council expects a total collected of £41,500, to pay the salary of a monitoring officer.

The plans will be presented to the housing committee comprising of Coun Andy Mackiewicz (Conservative), Coun Max McLoughlin (Greens) and Coun Glenis Slater (Liberal Democrat).

Reporting to the councillors, Gary Palmer, assistant director of growth, said: “Reporting on developer contributions helps local communities and developers see

how contributions have been spent and understand what future funds will be spent on, ensuring a transparent and accountable system.

“As a result of recent legislative changes, the council now has to produce, on an annual basis, an ‘Infrastructure Funding Statement’ (IFS), with the first needing to be published in 2020 covering the year 2019/20.”

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