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Infrastructure funding statement 2019 - 2020

Last updated December 2020

1. Introduction

1.1 This report provides information on the monetary (and non-monetary) contributions sought and received from developers for the provision of infrastructure to support development in Wyre Forest, and the subsequent use of those contributions by Wyre Forest District Council. The report covers the financial year 1 April – 31 March 2020.

1.2. Wyre Forest seeks developer contributions through Section 106 agreements (also known as “planning obligations”) in line with the Adopted Wyre Forest Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Documents.

1.3. The District Council has not adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) tariff for development.

Planning obligations

1.4. Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning authority to enter into a negotiated agreement – a planning obligation - to mitigate the impact of a specific development, to make it acceptable in planning terms. The planning obligation might, for example, require the provision or contribution to a new or improved road, school, or local green infrastructure. Local planning authorities can also seek planning obligations to secure a proportion of affordable housing from residential developments. In some instances, section 106 planning obligations may require payments to be made to parish councils.

2. Section 106 (Planning obligations) report

2.1 Headline figures

Monetary contributions

  • Total money to be provided through planning obligations agreed in 2019/20 £227,502.00
  • Total money received through planning obligations (whenever agreed) in 2019/20 £125,888.32 (including sums received for monitoring in relation to the delivery of section 106 obligations).
  • Total money, received through planning obligations (whenever agreed), spent in 2019/20 £81,554.25 (“spent” includes sums transferred to an external organisation to spend but does not include sums held internally, whether allocated or otherwise to a specific infrastructure project or type. Total money spent includes sums spent on monitoring the delivery of section 106 obligations).
  • Total money, received through planning obligations (whenever agreed), retained at the end of 2019/20 (excluding “commuted sums” for longer term maintenance) £852,723.68 (‘retained’ refers to section 106 sums remaining unspent including sums both ‘allocated’ and ‘unallocated’).
  • Total money, received through planning obligations (whenever agreed), retained at the end of 2019/20 as “commuted sums” for longer term maintenance £71,599.00.

Non-monetary contributions

  • Total number of affordable housing units to be provided through planning obligations agreed in 2019/20: 15
  • Total number of affordable housing units which were provided through planning obligations (whenever agreed) in 2019/20: 54

2.2 Section 106 infrastructure expenditure in 2019/20

Summary details of the items of infrastructure on which money received through planning obligations (whenever received) has been spent in 2019/20, and the amount of money, received through planning obligations, spent on each item:

Scheme Details Expenditure 2019/2020
Britannia Gardens, Watery Lane, Stourport-on-Severn Maintenance of public open space at Britannia Gardens £1,070.00
Heronswood Road Maintenance of land Heronswood Road £320.00
Bellway re Churchfields Maintenance of public open space £5,889.94
Load Street, Bewdley Public open space at Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens £182.80
Franchise Street, Kidderminster Public open space at Brinton Park £37,412.51
Former MAC development, Stourport-on-Severn (Redrow development) Public open space at Riverside, Stourport-on-Severn £3,500.00
Upton Road, Kidderminster Public open space Broadwaters Park £9,795.00
Aldi car park To compensate the council for loss of income from spaces taken up by the Aldi building works.
£10,000.00 being transferred to revenue each year.
£10,000.00
Bewdley Medical Centre, bank work Works to maintain the bank behind the medical centre. £10,000.00 being transferred to revenue each year. £10,000.00
Dowles Road, Kidderminster Improvements to Rifle Range Local Nature Reserve £3,384.00

Total spent in 2019/20 £81,554.25

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