At The Wilkes Partnership, we specialise in helping NHS Trusts and Healthcare Providers obtain public authority contributions through Section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Leenamari Aantaa-Collier is regarded as a national expert in these matters having secured £millions for a number of NHS trusts across the country.

Obtaining developer contributions

Obtaining developer contributions through Section 106 is a necessity for NHS Trusts to ensure the impact of these developments are properly mitigated, in order to safeguard adequate access to healthcare service for the local community.

Currently, many NHS Trusts do not optimise their opportunities by working closely with their Local Planning Authority and local councillors. This, in turn affects their ability to mitigate the impact of an increase in local housing and population numbers.

According to data obtained by ‘Reform’ using the Freedom of Information Act showed that between 2014 and 2019, only 36% of local councils, 105 out of 293, had secured investment for healthcare projects. Of the £87m that was promised, almost £41m has yet to be allocated and handed over to the NHS.

Under the Town and Country Planning Act (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, for any new residential development over 150 houses, an expert with an understanding of the subject matter will need to consider whether there is a significant individual and cumulative impact on population and health.

Our expert lawyers have extensive experience in both the public sector and private practice, giving us unparalleled knowledge to obtain and safeguard these contributions. We can also advise Trusts, CCGs or other healthcare providers who may be paying unnecessary CIL contributions on their own developments where exemptions could be negotiated.

An effective and collaborative relationship with the local planning authority is key to successfully securing healthcare contributions, however, the planning system is complex, so it is vital that NHS Trusts and CCGs seek independent professional advice to ensure all contribution requests are well evidenced in order to comply with the regulations. This way, we can ensure new developments are sustainable in accordance with current Government policy.

For more information, please contact Leenamari Aantaa-Collier on 0121 710 5934 or at laantaa-collier@wilkes.co.uk

 

 

 

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

September 2020


To our valued clients and partners,

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and the wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.

 

Our commitment to you


We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible, but in-line with government advice our offices are now closed for face-to-face meetings and all staff are now working from home until further notice.


If you have an appointment scheduled your legal advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your options, if they haven’t done so already.

 

Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Wilkes.

 

If you do experience a slight delay in hearing back from us, please bear with us. We will be in touch.

 

If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 233 4333 or email us at law@wilkes.co.uk, or contact your normal point of contact.

 

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.

 

The Wilkes  Partnership Solicitors

 

Birmingham – 0121 233 4333  Solihull – 0121 733 8000

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