Public consultation on new system for development funds

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A new method for securing funds from developers will go to a public consultation.

Babergh District Council wants to employ a new Community Infrastructure Levy to replace the old system of negotiated contributions from developers.

The financial contributions are used to pay for community services, such as libraries and schools, that come under increasing demand from new housing developments.

At the moment, section 106 agreements are negotiated by council officers, but often no contribution is given at all.

Under the new system, there will be a set fee dependant on the area, size of plot and the number of properties being built.

Some sites that are strategically important, such as the Chilton Woods scheme, will continue to use the old system.

New Government legislation states that sites under 1,000 square metres with 10 or less properties will not have to contribute. This is intended to support small-scale builders.

Simon Barrett, vice-chairman of Babergh’s strategy committee, said the new system would be more efficient for both the council and developers.

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