Where a s106 planning obligation is required the decision date of the planning application is the date upon which the obligation is signed and the permission is then issued, not the date upon which the Committee authorisation is given.
In view of the current Government performance requirements a robust approach needs to be taken to ensure the timely determination of such applications. The target timescales will therefore be set as follows:
Where the application is to be approved there will be a focus on completing the whole process within the required 13-week timescale. Where this is the case it will be expected that the planning obligation will be completed at the latest 2 days prior to the application expiry date.
In the event that an application is more than 13 weeks old at the date of the Committee resolution a period of 2 months will be allowed for the completion of the necessary agreement.
In the absence of the necessary agreement being completed within that 2 month period the application is likely to be refused on the basis of lack of infrastructure contributions and / or affordable housing.
Where the application is to be refused on the basis of its planning merits, it will be targeted to a Committee meeting within the 13-week period.