Community groups bid for developer contributions

Monday, 3 June, 2019

Community groups in East Hampshire can apply to receive developers’ contributions to support their project.

Every time a new home is built in the district the developer pays money towards improving the infrastructure of the surrounding area.

Around £2 million is currently available across the district for community projects.

East Hampshire District Council has changed the way applications can be made for developer contributions.

Parish and town councils, community groups and local organisations now have a two-month window to apply for the money, from June 3 to July 31.

Developer contributions, sometimes called Section 106 money, after the legal agreement that secures the deal, can be used for community facilities, sport and leisure, open space or play areas.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader, Welfare and Community Integration Portfolio, said: “As part of the planning process developers are obliged to put some money towards local facilities.

“This money can be allocated to a number of different uses and must be used in the area the homes were built.

“We have changed the way local organisations can apply for this money and would like them to come to us with their projects over the next two months.

“Once we have the applications in we can allocate this funding to the best local projects.”

For more information go to www.easthants.gov.uk/developer-contributions