Communities across Babergh and Mid Suffolk have received a funding boost totalling £791,000, for local projects including a community gallery at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, as well as a new car park and bus shelter.
£492,425 worth of Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding has now been handed over to 51 town and parish councils across the districts to support local community projects.
Areas that received funding during this spending round, from CIL monies collected between 1 April to 30 September 2019, include Stowupland, Elmswell, Capel St Mary and Lavenham. Two parish areas that are governed by a parish meeting also received funds to spend in their areas.
This year, both councils also approved bids to give a cash-boost totalling a further £299,160 to seven local infrastructure projects funded through District CIL.
Projects include a community gallery at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, a new roof and car park for Long Melford Village Hall, and a new bus shelter in Thurston, among others.
District CIL is income retained by the district councils to spend on infrastructure to support development. This money must be applied for and spend is approved by Cabinet.
Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said:
“Collecting CIL funds from developers allows us to help provide the required infrastructure and facilities. These projects show how housing growth can support improvements in many ways, opening up opportunities for projects that make a real difference to our communities.”
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said:
“These payments show how CIL monies can be a long-term funding source for community infrastructure in Mid Suffolk. By funding these projects, we’re ensuring that housing growth in our district can benefit everyone now and for many years to come.”
Details of all income generated by CIL and how it’s been allocated can be found on the councils’ award-winning Developer Contributions Database.
Applications received during the most recent bidding round, which closed on 31 October, are now being reviewed by the councils’ infrastructure team. Successful bids will receive their funding in Spring 2020.