On 25th March Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State at DCLG, stated in his March 2015 “Planning Update” to the House:
“We have previously revised national policy on Section 106 thresholds to help small builders and to encourage empty buildings to be brought back into use. Some councils have misinterpreted the written ministerial statement of 28 November 2014, as just a change in guidance – to clarify, this was a change in national policy and we will be updating the online planning guidance/policy website to make this crystal clear”.
The results of this change in Government Policy are now coming through with Carter Planning receiving an appeal for a house in Woking which was allowed and where the Inspector stated that although the development plan sought contributions this was out of date in respect of Government Policy which now seeks to reduce the burden of developer contributions on small scale developers. Taking this into account she concluded that in allowing the appeal, and in line with Government Policy, such contributions were not required. (Architects: BBF Fielding)