This guide, commissioned by the London Commuter Belt authorities and funded by Inspire East, seeks to provide a compendium of good practice in the application of S106 Agreements to affordable housing. Key messages which stand out include:
- the importance of developing robust and clear policies which have been subject to financial appraisal and are readily accessible on the local authority website
- a protocol which sets out how the local authority will handle S106 applications can considerably ease negotiation with developers
- member involvement in developing affordable housing policies which are realistic and take account of local circumstances is vital.