Developer contributions

Financial contributions are provided by developers for them to pay for infrastructure to meet the needs of their development. Having received contributions, we work with the council's delivery teams to provide the works required by the planning permission.

In certain cases financial contributions can be secured by way of Section 106 agreements under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, in agreement with developers and the Local Planning Authority. The Surrey County Council Developer Contribution Guide (PDF document below) sets out the approach that the council takes in seeking planning obligations to mitigate the impact of new development upon county council infrastructure and services.

Please note: As of January 2023 there has been a change to the cost per pupil place.

For Surrey the primary per place rate is now £18,585.41 per primary place and £23,880.10 per secondary place.

The amount per place for Early Years of £9,615 has also increased to £13,009 per full time equivalent place, calculated at 70% of the primary per place cost.

The per pupil place rate will change annually based upon the Basic Need rates as notified by Department for Education. For 2024 to 2025 the rates for primary will be £19,345.04, for secondary will be £24,856.12 and for early years will be £13,541.

The Basic Need rate per place for 2023 to 2024 calculated by Department for Education uses the base rate per place used in the 2017 to 2018 allocations, inflated according to the independent Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) All-in Tender Price Index (TPI), to reflect forecast changes in construction inflation between quarter 3 2017 and quarter 3 2023. The rate per place is weighted by Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) regional location factors. This gives the 2023 to 2024 primary rate per place.

The secondary rate is then set to be 30% higher than the primary rate to reflect the higher costs associated with creating secondary school places. The funding rates have then been uplifted by around 10% to support costs associated with achieving improved sustainability standards. The cost multipliers have therefore been updated to reflect the latest rates from the Department for Education.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. Details of works to be delivered by the Community Infrastructure Levy can be obtained from the borough councils that have adopted CIL. Guildford Borough Council is the only council within Surrey yet to adopt CIL.

Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS)

On 1 September 2019, amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (CIL) came into force, which require local authorities to publish annually details of all receipts and spending in relation to CIL and S106 contributions. Local authorities are required to publish an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) which must set out how much CIL revenue and S106 contributions has been collected, how much has been spent and what it has been spent on.

Although the County Council is not a CIL charging authority its IFS reports on S106 contributions received and spent and CIL contributions allocated to the County Council by our Local Planning Authority (LPA) partners.

The IFS reports on S106 contributions and CIL received and allocated during the reporting period which is from 1 April 2019 to 30 November 2020. The attachments below named Developer Agreements, Developer Agreement Contributions and Developer Agreement Transactions contain the details.

The requirement to publish this information in an annual IFS, is intended to improve transparency and publicise the fact that development is accompanied and mitigated by infrastructure contributions, both through s106 and CIL.

The requirement in the 2019 Regulations also replaces the need for LPA's to produce a CIL Regulation 123 list.

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