Unspent section 106 money

Owen Sheppard made this Freedom of Information request to City of London Corporation

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Dear City of London Corporation,

As part of negotiating planning permissions, it is common practice for section 106 agreements to include cash payments from a planning applicant/developer to the City of London Corporation (CoL).

As part of section 106 agreements, it is common practice for time limits to be placed on the CoL’s use of the cash, before it will have to be returned to the developer. For example, a section 106 agreement could stipulate that X amount of money that the CoL received from a developer will have to be paid back if it’s not spent within five years from when the agreement was ratified.

With regards to the above, could I please request the following information:

1 - In each of the financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19, the total, gross amount of section 106 money the CoL returned to developers due to not spending said money within the agreed timeframe

2 - In each of the financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19, the number of instances when the CoL had to return section 106 money due to not spending the money within the agreed timeframe: 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19

3 - In each instance noted from question 2, the gross amount of money that was paid back to the developer

4 - In each instance noted from question 2, the planning application that each 106 agreement was associated with (please provide the planning reference number to identify each planning application)

Yours faithfully,

Owen Sheppard

COL-EB-InformationOfficer, City of London Corporation

Dear Mr Sheppard,


The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for information of 3 August 2019.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Officer
Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department
City of London
Tel: 020-7332 1243

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DBE - Information, City of London Corporation

Dear Mr Sheppard,




Following your request for information of 3 August 2019 and our
acknowledgement of 5 August 2019, the City of London (CoL) responds as



Monies returned (£) Planning Reference
Period number
2014/2015 -    
2015/2016                       -    
Year  04/00969/FULEIA
2016/2017                     117,812.01 Cheapside 107
2017/2018 -    
2018/2019 -    
Total:                     117,812.01  


 2. One.


 3. See response to question 1.


 4. See response to question 1.


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Yours sincerely,



Departmental Business Unit

Department of the Built Environment

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