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Worthing Infrastructure Planning and Planning Obligations

See also:

Development Management Standards

Parking Standards and Transport Contributions Methodology

WSCC Local Design Guide

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Worthing Infrastructure Delivery Plans (IDPs)

Infrastructure planning work helps to ensure that there is a common understanding between service providers, developers, communities and the Council as to what local infrastructure needs are and how and when they will be provided. Although planning for infrastructure has always been a key consideration, its importance and the need to demonstrate 'deliverability' has gained prominence in recent years.

Linked to development proposals, the infrastructure planning process will help to ensure that the population of Worthing has the appropriate access to facilities and services. To help support this aim and the progression of the Core Strategy the Council published an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The first version of the IDP (linked below) was published in September 2010 to evaluate the existing conditions and challenges affecting Worthing's infrastructure, develop a new vision for that infrastructure and identify key infrastructure shortfalls and how they can be met.

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Worthing Planning Contributions

Planning policy requires that development should make appropriate provision of services, facilities and infrastructure to meet its own needs. This means that where sufficient capacity does not already exist to meet the need created by new occupiers or users, the development should contribute what is necessary, either on site or through a financial contribution.

Prior to the adoption of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) (see below), developer contributions towards infrastructure provision came through Planning Obligations (S106 agreements / unilateral undertakings) attached to planning permissions. Worthing Council progressed a Draft Planning Contributions SPD in 2007 and this document, alongside others (linked below) was used to help inform development contributions. As explained below the adoption and implementation of CIL will impact on the approach to Planning Obligations taken by the Council.

Worthing Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

On adoption of CIL the regulations restrict the use of Planning Obligations to ensure that individual developments are not charged twice for the same infrastructure items. Although CIL will be the dominant means for securing financial contributions from development in Worthing, Planning Obligations, despite being 'scaled back', will continue to play a key role in relation to affordable housing and certain site specific requirements.

Further information on both CIL and Planning Obligations and an explanation of the relationship between them is set out within a Developer Contributions SPD (linked below). The SPD also provides greater detail on the Council's affordable housing requirements.

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