New guidance will encourage housing developers to fund the school places their developments create. The guidance, published on 11 April, 2019, supports local authorities to negotiate what funding and land is required from housing developers for new schools and school expansions.
Developers already contribute to the cost of new infrastructure, including schools, but council requirements vary around the country. The guidance which EBDOG helped to create, will support local authorities to secure vital funding where development puts pressure on school places.
The Educational Building and Development Officers Group (EBDOG) are delighted to have worked with DfE on this guidance, which will be instrumental in explaining to planners and developers what sites and contributions we need for schools, and how they should be provided. Negotiating developer contributions is often a very complicated, drawn out process, but having government guidance on the subject should make the negotiations more straightforward.