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Communities share development pot

6 September 2017

Eleven local communities across South Lakeland have shared almost £28,000 from a new pot of money which is paid into by developers.

The money, from the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL, is paid to parish and town councils to be spent on infrastructure or other projects which support development in their area.

We have received around £250,000 in CIL payments from developers since the levy was first introduced in 2015, most of which is being retained to fund or part fund important strategic infrastructure projects.

A report to be considered by Cabinet on 13 September highlights that 15% of each CIL payment received is now being distributed to relevant local neighbourhoods on a six monthly basis.       

Cllr Jonathan Brook, our Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation, said: “I am delighted that almost £28,000 in CIL payments has already been made to local communities across South Lakeland and that a further round of payments will be made in October.

“The main benefit of the CIL is that infrastructure is funded in line with growth. Developers are required to fund improvements to ensure areas can cope with new homes and developments. It also enables developers to have a clear idea of how much they will be expected to contribute for each project.

“The money can be used to fund vital new infrastructure, making improvements to roads, schools and green spaces. Part of the money is paid to parish and town councils, allowing those communities to decide how it is best spent supporting local development.”

Burton-in-Kendal, Casterton, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Kirkby Ireleth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Levens, Lower Allithwaite, Lower Holker, Ulverston and Hincaster have all received CIL  payments over the past 18 months.   

This money is in addition to Locally Important Projects (LIPs) funding which we award to help local communities invest in a wide range of new initiatives across the district.

“Since 2013 the council has awarded 72 LIPs grants worth almost £1 million. The funding is linked to our Council Plan priorities for housing, supporting the local economy, the environment and promoting health and wellbeing,” added Cllr Brook.