Developer Obligations 2017

Developer obligations are financial contributions sought from developers to mitigate the impact of their development on the existing infrastructure and facilities to ensure there is no negative impact on existing residents. When a development takes place, there may be a need for infrastructure and facilities to accompany it. This can include school extensions, new schools, roads, public transport, and healthcare facilities depending on the scale and location of the development.


The Moray Council`s first Supplementary Guidance on Developer Obligations came into effect in October 2016, is updated annually and forms part of the Moray Local Development Plan 2015. The updated guidance has been prepared and aims to provide certainty and sets out a transparent and consistent approach to the likely infrastructure and facility requirements that will be sought for different types of new development. The Guidance focuses on updating the figures to ensure that these reflect current project costs in Moray and includes the developer obligation methodology pertaining to the approved Elgin Transport Strategy (ETS).


The updated supplementary guidance can be viewed online or hard copies are available for viewing at Moray Council Access Points and all Moray Council Public Libraries, during normal opening hours.


The updated supplementary guidance is being consulted on for an 8 week period commencing on 21 August and ending on 13 October 2017. Comments can be submitted via email to localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk or by post to Development Plans, Development Services, Moray Council, PO Box 6760, High Street, Elgin, IV30 9BX.

What happens next?
A summary of the representations received to the consultation and a response to these along with the final supplementary guidance will be presented to a future meeting of the Planning & Regulatory Services Committee for consideration and approval.
The developer obligations cap and table of policy and infrastructure requirements set out in Appendix 6 of the updated supplementary guidance will be a material consideration in the determination of any forthcoming planning applications.

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