We are proposing a new County Council policy on developer contributions for education.
Local authorities can seek to negotiate a contribution from developers towards the cost of meeting infrastructure necessary to support their development. For education this means asking for a contribution towards the cost of extending or reconfiguring an existing school or setting or building a new one.
This policy sets out how we will consider whether existing school capacity is sufficient to accommodate proposed development within the relevant area, and if it is not:
- the developer contributions needed for education, based on known pupil yields from all homes where children live; this includes primary, secondary, special educational needs and disabilities, and early years provision;
- when we will request contributions of land to provide sites for new or expanded schools.
In the light of changes to legislation and updated Government guidance, our policy will include the following proposals:
- Requesting S106 contributions for education across the county;
- Using our existing method for assessing whether a primary or secondary education contribution is required;
- Following DfE’s preferred cost per place (using national average costs published in DfE School Place Scorecards);
- Lowering the thresholds for seeking primary education contributions to ten houses and for secondary education contributions to 25 houses;
- Introducing contributions for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Early Years for larger developments;
- Recommending the use of model clauses in Section 106 agreements for education contributions and for new education sites.
Give us your views
Your views about this proposal are welcomed. You can either complete and return the response sheet, or submit an online response. Paper responses should be returned to: FREEPOST RTKE-RKAY-CUJS, Developer Contributions, Strategic Planning, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AE
What happens next?
All responses to the consultation received by 1 May will be considered by our Executive on 19 May. They will decide whether to approve the draft policy for implementation. It is proposed to implement the new policy from 1 June 2020.
It will be for each individual district council, as the local planning authority, to consider on a case by case basis whether a planning obligation for education is necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms, taking into consideration their Local Plan policies, our policy, and relevant legislation and guidance.