Radical planning reforms proposed today would see Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy replaced with a single levy, the ‘Infrastructure Levy’.
Radical planning reforms out for consultation today will see the end of Section 106 agreements if approved.
Rather than allowing local authorities to negotiate payments in exchange for approval of development, central government will set a value-based levy to apply throughout England.
This could mean the end of Camden’s Section 106 empire.
The reforms also promise to ensure that more affordable housing is built on-site rather than allowing local authorities to simply secure Payments in Lieu.
The levy would still be value based meaning that there would still be a presumption in favour of overdevelopment.
But the reforms promise to introduce ‘protected areas’ where development is subject to stronger control.
The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas would be a prime candidate for being designated as a ‘protected area’.
More details to follow.