Authorized development should, by its very nature, be planningly acceptable, so that planning obligations would generally not be necessary. Planning obligations that have been made should be limited only to issues requiring prior authorization and should not, for example, include contributions for affordable housing. In addition, as a result of the Ministerial Statement on Start-Up Homes, the guideline states that LPAs should not seek contributions to affordable housing development for affordable housing (but may still target s106, which will mitigate the impact on development). Section 106 is an agreement between the Council and a developer. These agreements are concluded if the developer agrees to provide certain things that could reduce the negative effects that a development can cause. If z.B. a residential building is granted, the developer may agree to create a green space or park so that they can be appreciated by the neighbourhood. Plans should be informed by evidence of infrastructure and affordable housing needs and a proportionate assessment of profitability, which takes into account all relevant policies, as well as local and national standards, including the impact of the Community Infrastructure Tax (ITC) and planning obligations. Sustainability assessment should not jeopardize sustainable development, but should be used to ensure that policies are realistic and that the cumulative total costs of all relevant policies do not compromise the sustainability of the plan. “203. Local planning authorities should consider whether, otherwise, unacceptable developments could be made acceptable by the application of planning conditions or obligations. Planning obligations should only be used when unacceptable effects cannot be remedied by a planning condition.

Local planning authorities are encouraged to use and publish standard forms and documents to support the planning obligations agreement process. This could include standard agreements and clauses (including those already published by other agencies) that could be made public to support the planning process. Any other information required by the local planning authority or any questions raised by the applicant regarding planning obligations must be addressed at an early stage of the plan application process. The use of standard agreements does not eliminate the requirement for local planning authorities to check, on a case-by-case basis, whether a planning obligation is required to make development planning acceptable.