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Funding for Brooklands Primary School expansion given the go-ahead

Posted by Communications on 7 December 2021 | Comments

A Community Infrastructure Levy bid from Suffolk County Council to help finance further school places in Brantham received the green light this week, with Babergh’s cabinet approving £345,360 towards the expansion.

Developers are required to pay Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) when building new homes in Babergh – ensuring that local facilities keep pace with housing growth and supporting the council’s ongoing ambition for its communities to be attractive, successful and connected places for people to live and work in.

Bids from the latest CIL funding round were considered by councillors at Monday’s Cabinet meeting, with unanimous approval given for the request to help increase pupil provision at Brooklands Primary School from 210 to 315 places.

The plans include internal remodelling as well as an expansion of the existing facilities which will deliver a new teaching block at the rear of the main school building.  This will include three classrooms, a studio, a small group room as well as storage and pupil toilets.

Total costs for the project are estimated to be in the region of £1.9mmillion and section 106 contributions from developers will also be used to finance this.

Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh’s cabinet member for Planning said:

“Today’s decision demonstrates our council’s continued commitment to working with partners to help provide the infrastructure our local communities need in order to meet demand from housing growth.  The CIL awards we distribute play a major role in helping our towns and villages keep pace with growth and ensuring our communities remain places that people are proud to call home.”

Further information on how CIL works can be found on the council’s website and details about previous allocations are available on the council’s award-winning Developer Contributions Database.