Cash contributions from developers are benefiting Lichfield District’s residents
Developers building new homes and business premises in Lichfield District are also funding a range of important community facilities and projects for the benefit of residents.
The contributions come through the Community Infrastructure Levy, a charge which helps the council deliver infrastructure to support development in the district, and Section 106 agreements where a developer provides new facilities or money to offset impacts caused by a construction scheme.
Lichfield District Council has published its annual Infrastructure Funding Statement, which details the payments sought and received in 2022/3 and where the funds have been allocated.
The Community Infrastructure Levy has brought in more than £716,000 over this period taking the total amount raised since 2016 to more than £3.8 million.
Of this £1.45million has been set aside to fund various leisure facilities across the district including an aqua park, a climbing wall and a soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre; Adventure Golf at Beacon Park to replace the pitch and putt, an obstacle course, Padel Tennis at Beacon Park plus a 3G sports pitch in the city for rent by community and sports groups.
Parish and Town councils have received more than £179,000 in CIL funding for local infrastructure projects including the Jubilee Garden in Alrewas, a new bus shelter at Boley Park Community Centre and a new toilet block at Chasetown FC.
Nearly £1 million was received through Section 106 funding in 2022/3. Of that a new playing pitch in Fradley will be delivered from more than £108,000 in funding from a development at Halifax Avenue and more than £22,000 for a new play area at Burntwood Leisure Centre and more than £10,000 for play equipment at Burntwood Leisure Centre will be funded from developments in the town.
Almost £20,000 in Section 106 contributions are paying for variable traffic signage in Lichfield city centre to help motorists find parking spaces, more than £42,000 has contributed to the trial pedestrianisation in Lichfield city centre and more than £16,000 will fund environmental works in Burntwood and Brookhay.
In addition to the cash received through Section 106, Lichfield District also benefits from specific infrastructure.
Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Local Plan, Councillor Alex Farrell, said:
“Developers provide substantial contributions each year in the form of CIL and Section 106 contributions.
“By funding infrastructure projects, they are making a real difference to our communities in a variety of ways.”
For more information visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/howdevelopmentshelp