Calculating developer contributions for education

Schools and EducationBuilding new homes stretches existing infrastructure such as roads, sewage and schools. That means that developers are required to contribute towards mitigating these factors. This is done by legal contracts between the parties, called Section-106 agreements.

Essex County Council sets the guidelines for these contributions for schools and education in Uttlesford, and they are outlined in their guide for developers and district councils. Uttlesford District Council collects the money and pays it to ECC.

Financial contribution per school place

For each new school place generated, a developer is expected to pay (April 2009 figures):

Education Service Contribution per School Place
Early Years & Childcare £13,698
Primary School £11,361
Secondary School (11-16) £17,217
Post 16 / 6th Form £18,436

Number of new school places generated per home

The following table shows the expected number of new students generated per new home for Essex.

Dwelling Type Pre-School Primary Secondary
(11-16 yrs)
6th Form
House 0.090 0.300 0.200 0.040
Flat (more than 1 bed) 0.0.45 0.150 0.100 0.020
Flat – 1 Bed
Care Home/Elderly
Student Accommodation



Pulling all of that together as an example, a developer building 100 homes would be expected to pay Essex County Council £761,000 as a Section-106 obligation for education because their houses would require 59 student places (9 Pre-School, 30 primary, 20 secondary (11-16), and 4 Sixth-Form).


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