£9.8m secured by Vale Council for community infrastructure and affordable housing

The Vale of Glamorgan Council secured financial commitments to the value of £9.8m in the form of Section 106 (S106) contributions from developers in 2016/17.

In the 12 months between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 a total of 23 planning permissions have been granted which have been subject to S106 agreements.

Once received, this money will be spent on public transport, walking and cycling, educational facilities, open spaces, children’s play areas and improvements to community facilities near development sites.

The Council also secured “in kind” obligations, which developers will be required to deliver on-site, such as the implementation of public open space, affordable housing and public art.

During the same period £1.4m was spent on S106 schemes across the Vale. These included the Port Road Footway/Cycle Scheme in Barry, the Plassey Square play area improvements in Penarth, nursery provision at Gwenfo Primary School and the purchase of equipment for Murchfield Community Centre in Dinas Powys and Heol Llidiard Community Hall in Llangan.

At the same time a total of 217 new build affordable housing units were built by developers as a result of S106 agreements and were made available to local residents who would not otherwise have been able to afford housing on the open market.

Cllr Jonathan Bird, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said:  “Section 106 agreements are agreed in order to address the impact of housing developments and in many cases to help improve the schemes themselves.

“In recent years the Vale has developed a very effective approach to maximising the contributions required from developers and pooling this money to fund schemes that make a big difference.

Plassey Square play area

“Only last month it was announced that a new village hall will be built in Ogmore by Sea thanks to £287,000 of S106 funding. This is an approach that works and one that we will continue to use to improve and develop facilities across the county.”

At the close of the last financial year the Council had £10.9m within its S106 account. The authority is committed to ensuring that local communities are involved in deciding how Section 106 contributions are used, especially where contributions are received for public open spaces and community facilities.

Public consultations on S106 spending have recently been held in Penarth, Fferm Goch, Wenvoe and Ystradowen and one will begin soon in Rhoose to determine how best to spend a contributions of £86,876 which is available now and a further £343,009 which is due in 2019. These contributions specifically can be used for the provision or enhancement of facilities or services within the village, which meet local community needs and are available to the public.

More information on the Rhoose S106 consultation will be released shortly.

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