Development guidance - Developer Contributions
Developer contributions are financial contributions made by developers to address the implications of new development for services and infrastructure. Developer contribution costs should be budgeted for when buying land for development and working out project costs. Ahead of submitting a planning application all developers should use our Pre-Application Advice Service to receive an estimate.
Finalised Supplementary Guidance (2018)
A review of the Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance has been undertaken. Following public consultation in early 2018 the finalised guidance has been approved by the 16 August 2018 Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee. The guidance is now with the Scottish Ministers for consideration ahead of being adopted, anticipated by mid September 2018.
The finalised guidance is currently a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and covers all types and scales of development, including single house developments.
Adopted Supplementary Guidance (2013)
The adopted Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance (March 2013) remains part of the Development Plan until it is replaced following the adoption of the new draft guidance. We also outline infrastructure and developer contribution requirements for particular areas in the following:
- Area Local Development Plans and their Action / Delivery Programmes which identify settlement wide and site specific developer requirements.
- Area specific guidance listed in our Developer Guidance A-Z which includes:
- City Centre Development Brief covering public realm, travel/parking, affordable housing and open space etc.
- Torvean & Ness Side Development Brief and Inverness East Development Brief requiring contributions towards major infrastructure for the west and east of the city.
- Inshes and Milton of Leys Development Brief, Inshes and Raigmore Development Brief and the Inverness Southern Distributor Road (SDR) Agreement requiring contributions towards major infrastructure for the south of the city.
- Muirtown and South Kessock Development Brief and the Longman Core Development Brief which look to regenerate these parts of the city.
- Dingwall Developer Contributions which requires financial contributions towards the Kinnairdie Link Road.
- Education developer contributions are informed by the school roll forecasts. These have been informed by the School Pupil Product Ratio Review, September 2017.
Prior to the submission of a planning application, developers are strongly encouraged contact the Council’s Housing Service to agree the number, type and mix of affordable housing on site, in accordance with Firm Foundations, Design Brief: Building Homes for the Highlands.
As set out in the Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance, the Council adopts a sequential approach to the devivery of affordable housing. Where on site provision is proposed, the affordable homes must be sold at a price equal to the benchmark values in force at that time. The latest Benchmark Affordable Housing Values, April 2017 are:
2 Person - £113,850
3 Person - £126,500
4 Person - £132,825
5 Person - £139,150
6 Person - £145,475
7 Person - £151,800
West Mainland and Skye
2 Person - £118,800
3 Person - £132,000
4 Person - £138,600
5 Person - £145,200
6 Person - £151,800
7 Person - £158,400
Benchmark affordable housing values are subject to regular review in line with Scottish Government grant funding; as such, these figures are not subject to indexation.
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Strategic Environmental Assessment
As with all plans, policies and strategies we produce, our supplementary guidance has been subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment to assess the level of significance of any environmental impacts.