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SQUANDERED PLANNING POWERS CREATE CASH LOSS

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Millions of pounds are lost by councils failing to exploit their opportunities to negotiate with developers who wan...
Millions of pounds are lost by councils failing to exploit their opportunities to negotiate with developers who want planning permission.

That is the conclusion of an Audit Commission probe into the use of the s106 power, which allows councils to demand developers pay for infrastructure, including affordable housing.

The commission put a hypothetical planning proposal to 11 councils and found the developer contribution required varied from£500 per new home to more than£30,000.

Commission chief executive Steve Bundred said: 'Councils with weaknesses in their approach are less likely to secure community benefits.'

www.auditcommission.gov.uk
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