Axing section 106 would mean better placemaking

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The government’s plan to introduce a consolidated infrastructure levy allows placemakers to focus on what’s important – creating schemes of both spatial and social quality, says James Cons

In recent weeks there has been much speculation about what the government’s proposed scrapping of the section 106 agreement would imply for the future of affordable housing and the implications for developers. Current legislation creates a specific obligation to deliver infrastructure that benefits communities and there are concerns about what its potential removal will mean for local communities. 

Such fears are ill-founded, however. In place of the longstanding S106 legislation, next week’s Queen’s Speech is expected to include an  announcement that a new levy will be put in place, focusing on three specific areas

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