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Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document

Colchester Council's Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Planning Obligations.


  • About the Supplementary Planning Document
  • View the full consultation documents
  • When is the consultation period?
  • How to make a representation and where to send it

Councils are able to require planning applicants to provide financial contributions to mitigate development impacts under Section 106 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) ensures that the collection of such contributions is confined to measures that are required to mitigate the impact of development.  

To ensure consistent and effective guidance to collecting contributions, the Council has prepared a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Planning Obligations. Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) cannot set out new policy, but instead expand upon how Local Plan policies should be applied. The SPD covers a range of topic areas including housing, sustainable transport, flood protection and water management; sports, recreation and leisure; green infrastructure; natural environment mitigation; historic environment and community infrastructure.

The SPD Consultation Draft can be viewed via the below link:

Planning Obligations SPD Consultation Draft

To view the SEA/HRA Screening Report please click the below link:

Planning Obligations SPD SEA/HRA Screening Report

Consultation of the Planning Obligations SPD commenced on 24 January 2020 for 6 weeks. All comments must be received by 5pm on 9 March 2020.

Comments can be made by sending a completed response form with your comments to:

Download an email/printable form using the link below

Download response form

Alternatively, send your response via post to:

Colchester Borough Council
Planning Policy Team
Rowan House
33 Sheppen Road

If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact the Planning Policy Team via or by phoning 01206 282473 or 01206 282541

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