CIL and planning obligations

Planning obligations for development affecting Special Protection Areas

This page explains the contributions we ask developers for in order to mitigate the impact of new development on protected sites.

Following a significant decline in important bird species in Kent we have worked with Natural England to create Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategies (SAMMS) for protected sites. 

You can find out if your site is in a protected area using our map search.

If your site is in the Strategic Access Management and Monitoring area we can only agree to a proposed development if we know that it will not have an adverse effect on the protected sites. You can demonstrate that your development will not have and adverse impact on these protected sites by contributing towards the mitigation measures for these areas.

The contribution required towards the mitigation for new development in these areas is listed below.

Developer contributions for Special Protection Areas

The amount payable depends on the number of bedrooms proposed in the development, and the Special Protection Area (SPA) that your site is in. If your site affects both SPAs then you would need to pay a separate contribution for each SPA.

The contribution is only paid for new dwellings (including holiday homes), and is paid on the basis of the number of extra bedrooms being proposed for development.

Contributions for Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA

Number of extra bedrooms Developer contribution
1 bedroom (per home) £355
2 bedrooms (per home) £498
3 bedrooms (per home) £670
4 or more bedrooms (per home) £848

Developer contributions for Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA have allowed us to carry out bird and visitor surveys as part of the wider mitigation project.

 

Contributions for Thames, Medway & Swale SPA

Number of extra bedrooms Developer contribution
1 bedroom (per home) £139.48
2 bedrooms (per home) £196.11
3 bedrooms (per home) £264.28
4 or more bedrooms (per home) £334.55

Developer contributions for Thames, Medway & Swale SPA have helped to fund Bird Wise, the mitigation project for the North Kent SAMMs.