New homes bring funds for community projects

Friday, 18 October, 2019

Almost £750,000 raised through house building in East Hampshire has been distributed to community projects.

Developer contributions are paid by housebuilders into a fund to improve the local community, managed by East Hampshire District Council.

In June and July, local groups, charities and parish councils were invited to apply to use the money available and their bids were judged by a panel of councillors.

In total, £729,584 was given out to 37 community organisations across the district.

The projects supported ranged from finger posts and bus shelters to an upgraded artificial sports pitch.

The money collected from developers is allocated to one of four areas: community facilities, open space and play areas, environmental improvements or transport.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, Portfolio Holder for Community Development, Placemaking and Infrastructure Portfolio Holder, said: “The planning system allows councils to ask developers to mitigate the impact of development through contributions for every house built in East Hampshire.

“This money is then set aside for use in that local community and any group or organisation can apply to use it if they have a project that will benefit local residents.

“One of the main considerations of the applications we receive is how best the projects will contribute to the vitality of a place. We also try to balance the desire to deliver improvements for the community as soon as developer contributions are paid, against ensuring the projects funded are the right strategic projects.”

After these bids have been approved there is still £2 million of developer contributions left to be given out.

For more information on developer contributions and how to apply for them go to https://www.easthants.gov.uk/developer-contributions