£1.5m funding boost for Babergh and Mid Suffolk communities
Town and Parish Councils across Babergh and Mid Suffolk will receive £1.5 million in neighbourhood CIL this month – paving the way for a range of vital community facilities and projects.
Developers are charged Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) when building new homes in the districts – enabling local infrastructure to keep pace with housing growth, as well as supporting the councils’ vision for its communities to be attractive, successful and connected places for people to live and work.
A proportion of this funding is automatically paid to town and parish councils, who 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.
They can then decide how to spend this money to support the development of their local area – ensuring that the funding best meets the needs of the community.
The latest payments, set to be made shortly, will see £1,542,380 distributed to 79 town and parish councils across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. Of this £1,119,655 will be allocated to 47 town and parish councils in Mid Suffolk, whilst 32 of Babergh’s town and parish councils will receive a share of £422,725.
This follows much-needed neighbourhood CIL funding totalling £1,417,226 being awarded to town and parish councils across both districts last financial year, supporting projects such as the extension of Hadleigh Skatepark, a new community hub in Hitcham, the redevelopment of Stowmarket’s Regal Theatre and a community defibrillator for Palgrave.
In addition, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils allocated £1.83 million to 27 CIL bids during 2020/21, allowing funding to be invested in community infrastructure improvement initiatives including a new Stowmarket Emergency Services Hub and upgraded CCTV provision for Sudbury and Hadleigh.
Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for Planning, said:
“CIL demonstrates how housing growth builds not just homes, but communities which are attractive, successful and connected places for people to live and work. I’ve seen first hand how beneficial it has been in Lavenham and I am delighted that 32 of Babergh’s town and parish councils will receive further funding to enable them to serve the needs of their residents.”
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for Planning, said:
“It’s great news that 47 town and parish councils across Mid Suffolk will benefit from a share of £1.12 million in neighbourhood CIL monies shortly. I know that this significant funding will make a real difference to the lives of our district’s residents and empower local communities to help secure the infrastructure needed for them to thrive both now and in years to come.”
There is also good news for communities wishing to benefit from future CIL funding – in addition to the money passed automatically to them – as the latest bid round opened on 1October. This bid window will close on October 31 and successful bids will receive their funding in Spring 2022, subject to a decision by Cabinet.
Further information about how CIL works can be found on the councils' website, with details about how the levy has been allocated available on the councils’ award-winning Developer Contributions Database.