My last post outlined what the Parish and Borough Councils gained for our community from the Homelands 1 development, by way of S106 agreements; this is what the County Council ‘gained’:
Contribution to libraries – £143/dwelling.
Nursery School contribution – £350/house with 2 or more bedrooms.
Primary School contribution – £2,904/house with 2 or more bedrooms.
Secondary School contribution – £1,850/house with 2 or more bedrooms.
School travel plan contribution – £20,000.
‘Bus provision’ – £330,000.
Contribution towards a transport plan co-ordinator – £20,000.
(All the sums are index linked.)
I do wonder how some of these ‘planning gains’ actually benefit our community – why is £20,000 needed for a contribution towards a transport plan co-ordinator and, if this development is sustainable, why is £20,000 needed for a school travel plan contribution? Should we not expect sufficient school places to be provided in the village schools?
Also the formats in which this information is available seems to make it difficult to produce a total sum for each of these ‘gains’ and I would very much like to find out how this is all monitored – when are the funds delivered and to whom?
The photo is the beautiful countryside leading up to the AONB from Gotherington Lane – soon to have more of Homelands 1 built all over it!