Over £6million in contributions from new housing developments has been allocated to support the expansion of schools, leisure and health facilities in East Suffolk.
On Tuesday 7 September, East Suffolk Council’s cabinet agreed to award a total of £6,308,245 in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding to support seven major projects which are identified within the Local Plan as being key to planned growth within the local area.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a fee which the Council can charge developers when new housing is built in the district. CIL can then be put towards improvements to local infrastructure, such as play areas, schools and GP surgeries. The Council holds a list of key projects which are included in the Local Plan and these projects are then put forward for the latest round of CIL funding.
Cllr Tony Cooper, East Suffolk’s assistant cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “To keep up with the demand for new homes, the number of housing developments is increasing in the district, and this impacts on local schools and health services. Within our Local Plan, we have identified these seven projects as essential in order to support the planned growth in the area and using the Community Infrastructure Levy to support improvements to these facilities will significantly improve the lives of local residents.
“Many of the projects receiving CIL funding this year involve the expansion of educational settings, which are needed to support new developments in these communities. These planned improvements will help to boost outcomes for local children and, in the case of early years provision, will also support working families.”
The projects to receive CIL funding in 2021 include: