Latest councils at forefront of bringing growth-led benefits named
- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:25
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Pioneering councils eager to demonstrate how they would ensure the benefits of development would be shared with their community were today named by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark (June 29th)
The group of 20 Local Authorities are the second to join the Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners project. This was set up to support Local Authorities eager to develop effective ways of implementing the reformed levy in their local areas.
The levy gives councils more choice and flexibility in how they fund infrastructure that local communities need and want and has the potential to raise an estimated £1 billion a year of funding by 2016 that can be used by neighbourhoods and councils to support local growth.
"Yet again we've seen a lot of enthusiasm from councils eager to introduce the reformed Community Infrastructure Levy, to ensure the many benefits development can bring are not lost to local communities.
"This second wave of Front Runners will ensure local neighbourhoods reap the rewards from growth in their areas and provide valuable lessons others can learn from in the future."
Each Front Runner will have access to a tailored package of support from the Planning Advisory Service to help them set a charge for their area. This will include group workshops and good practice advice.
Helen Howie, principal planning officer at Shropshire Council, one of the first Front Runner councils introducing the levy said:
"The Front Runners Programme has already proved its worth from my perspective. It has been really useful for developing our Charging Schedule. The project's helped us develop the right approach for Shropshire, which complies with the regulations and helps delivers our local ambitions."
The 20 councils selected for phase two of the Front Runners project are:
London Borough of Barnet
Barnsley Metropolitan Council
Bristol City Council
Cambridgeshire Horizons (East Cambs District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council)
Chelmsford Borough Council
London Borough of Croydon
Elmbridge Borough Council
Gedling Borough Council
Havant Borough Council
London Borough of Islington
Milton Keynes Council
Oxford City Council
Plymouth City Council
Redcar and Cleveland Council
St Helens Council
London Borough of Sutton
Swindon Borough Council
London Borough of Wandsworth
Wycombe District Council
The Front Runners project ensures all Local Authorities can access useful examples of good practice.