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The Use and Value of Planning Obligations in Wales

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The report describes the results of a survey of practice with regard to planning obligations in 2005/06, to which all 25 local planning authorities in Wales responded.  The value of planning obligations agreed in Wales that year is estimated to be between £26m and £31m.  Affordable housing obligations constituted about 55-65% of the total.  On average, each local authority made 14 planning agreements in 2005/06, worth £1.2m.  The report identifies the potential for Welsh local authorities significantly to increase the number and value of obligations that they agree by improving the negotiation process and the clarity of local policy.