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Communities benefit from new developments

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 7 February 2019 | Comments

Local communities in east Suffolk are seeing the benefit from new developments happening across the District.

Since the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme was introduced in east Suffolk, over £4.5 million has been collected from commenced and completed developments.

Of this, over £2.1 million has been distributed or earmarked to help deliver infrastructure projects to facilitate growth currently taking place across the District. In most circumstances it replaces or complements the traditional Section 106 process of securing developer contributions towards infrastructure.

Parish and Town Councils receive 15% of CIL funds which are collected from development in their area. A further 10% is available to the councils which have introduced the Neighbourhood Plan. So separately, a total of just over £700,000 has been paid to Parish and Town Councils in east Suffolk.

In a joint statement, Cllr Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “We are committed to supporting the development of new homes and jobs in east Suffolk whilst safeguarding the local environment and infrastructure.

“The Community Infrastructure Levy helps us to develop the infrastructure needed to support our communities, improve the well-being of local people and ensure that the community fully benefits from developments.”

CIL is a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help raise funds to deliver the infrastructure, facilities and services which are needed to support new development in the area.

The scheme sees developers pay a fee based on the size, location and type of its development. CIL is collected from developers through phased payments from the point of commencement of a development through to its completion. The funding is spent on infrastructure to support development in the area and can include things such as open spaces, schools, cycling and pedestrian routes, strategic transport infrastructure and community facilities.

CIL is non-negotiable and any funds not spent, are banked for future infrastructure projects to support development in the District.

Some of the projects which have been allocated CIL funds include:

  • £122,400 towards expansion of Framlingham Medical Practice
  • £188,800 towards pre-construction costs for a new Youth, Arts and Community Centre in Woodbridge
  • £45,000 towards a new pedestrian crossing outside the primary school in Trimley St Mary
  • £74,500 towards a 3G pitch in Beccles
  • £366,460 towards a new community centre in Bungay
  • £56,002.50 towards improving footpath access to the Hill Farm Road development in Halesworth

To see the CIL reports and details about all the projects, go to:

Suffolk Coastal: http://apps.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/committeeminutes/showagenda.asp?id=23116

Waveney: http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/yourcouncil/council-meetings-and-decisions/agendas-reports-and-minutes-of-council-meetings/waveney-district-council-meetings/2018-meetings/september-2018-meetings/wdc-cabinet-12-september-2018/

View more information about CIL here.