Section 106 Planning Obligations

Section 106 Planning Obligations and grants

A new build house with scaffold house in Fleckney

What are Section 106 Planning Obligations?

Section 106 Planning Obligations, or planning agreements, are legal agreements negotiated between local planning authorities and developers in the context of a grant of planning permission.  They are intended to make development proposals acceptable, which might otherwise be unacceptable, and provide a means to ensure that a proposed development contributes to the creation of sustainable communities, particularly by securing contributions towards the provision of infrastructure and facilities, for example Affordable Housing and Education.

All planning obligations must meet the three statutory tests:

  1. necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms;
  2. directly related to the development; and
  3. fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development.

The District Council's approach to securing Section 106 obligations is contained in a Planning Obligations Developer Guidance Note.

There are two supporting documents associated with the guidance note

The council has also produced guidance on

Section 106 Funding

The third round of Section 106 funding for 2014 to 2015 will open on the 8 October 2014.  The timetable for applications is:

  • 8 October 2014 - Application window opens
  • 8 December 2014 - Closing date for applications in this round
  • 7 January 2015 - Officer Grants Panel  
  • 7 January 2015 - Markert Harborough Ten Grant Panel 
  • 10 Februrary 2015 - Member Grants Panel  
  • 16 March 2015 - ExecutiveCommittee  
  • 24 March 2015 - End of call in period and official confirmation of grants

The Section 106 grants process has recently been reviewed and a new process has been adopted. 

All applications go through a 12 week grants scoring process, involving an officer grants panel, followed by a member grants panel, with final sign off for funding from the Executive Committee at Harborough District Council.

Grants will be scored consistently against a scoring sheet with weighted criteria associated with Section 106 funding. 

Successful applicants will be asked to sign a terms and conditions document for accepting the funding.  On receipt of this signed document, payments will be made, preferably by BACS (details given on application form) or cheque.  

Parishes who currently can apply for Section 106 funding are:

  • Broughton Astley
  • Thurnby and Bushby
  • Fleckney
  • Great Bowden
  • Great Glen
  • Kibworth
  • Market Harborough
  • Scraptoft
  • Swinford

Complete a Section 106 grant application form.

Grant application guidance notes have also been written to assist with grant application.  We strongly recommend that you refer to these when completing your form.

There is additional support available from the Parish Liaison Officer to assist groups in submitting quality applications as well as helping them to identify areas where research/consultation could promote their application.

For further information please contact

Community Infrastructure Levy

From April 2010, local planning authorities have been given the power to apply a Levy on all new development to help fund local infrastructure, rather than rely on individual planning agreements.  .

Councils must spend income from the levy on infrastructure to support the development of the area but they can decide what infrastructure to spend it on and it can be different to that for which it was originally set.

Harborough District Council approved the principle of introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy in June 2011. Using the Infrastructure Schedule as tabled in the Councils recently adopted Core Strategy as the basis , we are now gathering additional evidence on development viability to explore the setting of a Levy during 2012. This page will be updated during 2012 to publish key documents and view progress on its development.

When and if a Levy is introduced, Section 106 agreements will continue to be made but will only apply to site specific matters.

Allocated funding

Allocated funding for 2014 to 2015

The Section 106 has seen 2 rounds of funding this year. 

Round 1

Applicant  Project   Amount allocated

Fleckney Parish Council

For the provision of two multi-sports pitches 


Swinford CoE Primary School

For outdoor classroom sheltered area, sensory garden and play equipment


All Saints Church, Scraptoft

To create disabled access for the church and its grounds


Extra grant round: applications still in the process.  Allocations confirmed at the Executive committee on Monday 29 September

Allocated funding for 2013 to 2014

Section 106 money was awarded through the 2 grant panels held throughout 2013 to 2014 .  Money was awarded to the following projects:

 Applicant Project  Amount allocated 

Aylestone St James RFU

Extension to Clubhouse


Great Bowden Parish Council

Extension to Pavilion Changing Rooms


Kibworth Joint Burial Committee

Tarmac pathway to the parish cemetery


Kibworth Joint Recreation Committee

Parish allotments


Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Club

An extension which include 2 new glass backed courts


Market Harborough Football Club

Provision of a flood barrier


North Kilworth Parish Council

Play equipment


Broughton Astley Community Bus

New Community Bus


The second round of funding ended on the 20 January 2014 and allocations have been made to the following projects:

 Applicant  Project Amount allocated 

Kibworth Grammar School

Improvements to the building and interior fixtures


Kibworth Scouts and Guides

Extension, refurbishment of toilets and improved disabled access


Kibworth High School

Construction of all weather pitch


Great Glen Parish Council

New Community Facility


HDC – Market Harborough

Urgent maintenance to dog walkers path


Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Club

Extension to the club including 2 glass backed courts