38 town and parish councils will receive a much-needed funding boost collectively totalling over £240,000 from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ CIL scheme.
In April this year, both councils voted to approve a new scheme that would use the funds collected from property developers under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to invest in community infrastructure projects in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.
The scheme divides the CIL monies up into different portions. The neighbourhood portion of the money is collected twice yearly and is proportionately allocated to town and parish councils based on the number of developments in their area.
Neighbourhood CIL monies collected between April and September this year total over £240,000 and are to provide a much-needed boost to 38 town and parish councils in the Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts. Three parish areas, which are governed by a parish meeting, have also had funds allocated to them to be spent in their areas.
The parish councils receive this money automatically and can receive up to 15% of collected funds from their area, with the potential to get up to 25% if they have a neighbourhood plan.
A full statement showing CIL income and Neighbourhood CIL allocations between April and September this year is available on the Councils' website.
Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Nick Ridley, said:
“It is great to see the money we’ve collected from the CIL being put towards great things in our districts. We need to ensure we’re building the right type of homes, so we can cope with future growth, but we also need to provide our community with support beyond the physical structures of homes and the CIL helps to do just this.”
Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Glen Horn, said:
“I’m pleased that we’re able to provide our town and parish councils with these much-needed funds to improve infrastructure in their areas. It will have a lasting impact for our residents for many years to come, as we continue to support them through the CIL.”