Babergh & Mid Suffolk Communities Receive Funding Boost of More Than £4.5 Million

Communities across Babergh and Mid Suffolk have been awarded Community Infrastructure Levy funding in excess of £4.5 million since the start of the year.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is collected from developers when they build new properties in our districts, with the aim of ensuring local infrastructure keeps pace with housing growth.

This month 56 town and parish councils across Babergh and Mid Suffolk are set to receive much needed CIL funding totalling £682,580, with £512,196 being allocated to 30 town and parish councils in Mid Suffolk and 26 of Babergh’s town and parish councils receiving a share of £170,384.

Parish councils receive this money automatically and are eligible for up to 15% of collected funds from their area, subject to a financial cap, with the potential for this to increase to 25% if they have successfully adopted a Neighbourhood Plan.

In addition to this, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils voted in March to approve bids to use funds collected from property developers under the CIL scheme for investment in community infrastructure improvement projects. Over £3.87 million was awarded to nine projects across both districts, with £3,637,779 allocated to Mid Suffolk and Babergh receiving £237,333.

Stowupland High School was successful in its bid for £2,446,575 to fund plans for building a new sixth form centre, to meet the demand for an increase of 140 sixth form and secondary school places.

Local primary schools also benefitted – £645,593 of funding was allocated to the expansion of Bramford Primary School, enabling an increase of 105 much needed primary school places. A bid for £499,421 of CIL contributions to fund an expansion to Claydon Primary School was also given the green light.

A further six projects received the remainder of the CIL funding – including £190,000 to allow work to commence on revitalising a plot of land, used for gas works between 1872 to 1937, on Water Street in Lavenham, £27,000 towards a car park at popular tourist spot Thornham Walks and £25,000 of funding for an adventure playground in Cockfield.

There is good news for communities wishing to benefit from future CIL funding, as bid round five is due to open on 1 May 2020. The bid window will close on 31 May 2020 and further information about the application process can be found on the councils’ CIL webpages. Successful bids will receive their funding in Autumn 2020.

Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“CIL monies can be a long-term beneficial funding source which makes a real difference to residents in Babergh. These payments ensure housing growth in our district enables communities to thrive, not just now, but for many years to come.”

Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“I am pleased that to date Mid Suffolk District Council has approved CIL funding for three major school expansion projects, demonstrating how these funds support our commitment to ensuring bright and healthy futures for our communities.”

The councils’ award-winning Developer Contributions Database details the CIL income and Neighbourhood CIL allocations between 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020. Further information about how the CIL works can be found on the councils website.

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