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Developer contributions

Being a major urban area, mostly located within the Thames Gateway, Medway has to reconcile a need for widespread regeneration with its role within a national growth area. In the past, the Thames Gateway has suffered from a range of structural problems and deficiencies but has underlying potential for considerable growth.

Medway is expecting major growth development over the next few years, including regeneration projects such as Rochester Riverside, Gillingham Waterfront and Chatham Centre. It is central to government policy that new development should be sustainable, which means that it should provide capacity and new facilities to meet the needs of new residents.

Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) allows anyone with an interest in land to enter into a planning obligation, which is enforceable by a local planning authority. Planning obligations or agreements and unilateral undertakings are normally entered into in accordance with this legislation and therefore tend to be referred to on a day-to-day basis as "Section 106 (S106) agreements".

Medway Council's Guide to Developer Contributions, a Supplementary Planning Document sets out what obligations and contributions will be required for future developments. Developers are expected to take account of, and meet the requirements of, this document before submitting planning application to the council. It is designed to help them know what the council is likely to require for new developments in Medway.

The examples of legal agreements below provide some information but discussion with the planning officer is advised.

For more information, please download the following documents:

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If you have any queries, please contact Medway Council's Section 106 Officer on 01634 306000 s106@medway.gov.uk