Residents can see where money is spent on community projects on new 'story map'

A new interactive story map on the Council website means that residents can zoom into their local area to see for themselves where and how our communities have benefitted from improvements, ranging from play parks to affordable housing for local people, as a result of money collected by the Council from developers.

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Building infrastructure such as affordable housing, road improvements and schools to support a development is paid for through what are known as section 106 agreements.  As part of the planning process, when a planning application is submitted, we consider what infrastructure is needed to make that development work for the local community. 

The story map gives information on

  • what s106 monies have been received in each Parish (and Community Network Area)
  • the planning application it relates to
  • how much s106 money has been spent in the area
  • what it has been spent on.

For example, the new Skol Nansledan primary school in Newquay, which opened in September, was forward-funded by the Duchy of Cornwall and the Department for Education in the knowledge that those costs will be recouped in the coming years from the developers in Newquay as S106 contributions accrue from new housing.  By securing those contributions through the planning process, the Council has been able to work with the Duchy and DfE to make sure there is education provision for the benefit of the community now, rather than having to wait several years.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “Our communities need infrastructure such as schools, as well as a commitment from developers to build affordable housing for local people.  These important community assets are provided through the planning process and we’re here to make sure that happens by negotiating and collecting the money and then ensuring it’s used for the benefit of the community.” 

Since 01 January 2019, developers have had to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – this is sometimes in addition to section 106 money.  The difference is that money from section 106 agreements is used to build infrastructure directly linked to the development.  A share of CIL received by Cornwall Council, called a the ‘Neighbourhood Portion’, will go to town or parish councils where the development takes place however, the rest of the CIL received, known as the ‘strategic share’ may be allocated elsewhere. 

The first ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ payments totalling nearly £67,000 were made to 20 Town and Parish Councils this October.  The money is from CIL payments made to the Council between 1 April and 30 September 2019 from CIL liable development which have begun in their area.  Local councils can use the money collected from the Community Infrastructure Levy to fund anything which they think will address the demands that development places on their area.

Following a consultation on how the CIL ‘strategic share’ should be redistributed it’s been agreed this will be done by a funding application process.  Once this process is finalised, we anticipate the first call for bids to that pot of money will be around mid-2020.  The Strategic Share must be used to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure within Cornwall, such as roads and other transport facilities, schools, medical facilities, sport and recreational facilities and open spaces.  The call for bids will be promoted through local media, social media and the Council’s website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/cil.

 

Story posted 07 November 2019