Community improvements funded by local development » Babergh Mid Suffolk

Posted by Communications on 7 March 2022 | Comments

Community Infrastructure Levy bids of more than £175,000 to help improve local facilities and play areas across Mid Suffolk received the go-ahead this week.

Proposed improvements in Stowmarket by the Museum of East Anglian Life, and at the town’s football club – as well as new play areas for youngsters in Botesdale and Walsham le Willows – will now receive funding as a result of development in the district.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is collected from developers when they build new homes in Mid Suffolk. The funding helps to ensure that local infrastructure keeps pace with housing growth and also supports the council’s ongoing ambition for its communities to be attractive, successful and connected places for people to live and work.

Councillors considered bids from the latest CIL funding round at this morning’s (7 March) cabinet meeting, with agreement reached on each of the requests.

This includes a £75,000 contribution towards proposals by the Museum of East Anglian Life for improvements to the allotments and Crack Wood – with the current allotments moving to another part of the site, allowing the creation of new wetland in Combs Ford, and accessible paths along the River Rattlesden.

A further £75,000 was agreed for Botesdale Parish Council’s plans to regenerate the parish recreation ground with new equipment and toddler, junior and youth play areas, plus health and fitness equipment, an eco-route and disabled parking.

Councillors also agreed £25,000 for Stowmarket Community Sports and Social Club CIC so a new toilet block can be built at Stowmarket Football Club, with improved accessibility and amenities, including baby changing facilities.

Finally, councillors were asked to note a £9,315 award for Walsham le Willows Parish Council towards additions and improvements to the village play area which, following consultation, will include a new safe play areas for younger children and toddlers.

Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk cabinet member for planning said:

“I am delighted to see CIL funding making a real difference to local communities and providing facilities needed to help keep pace with future growth.  The accessible river pathways and improved toilet facilities in Stowmarket will mean better inclusivity, while the allotments not only support wellbeing, but also our ambitions for a greener Suffolk.

“Further funding of nearly £85,000 in this CIL round towards new play equipment in our district also means the best possible start for local youngsters – providing safe and suitable surroundings where they can be active and enjoy themselves.”

Further information on how CIL works can be found on the council’s website, with details about how the levy has been allocated available on the council’s award-winning Developer Contributions Database.

Quotes from ward members

Museum of East Anglian Life – allotments and Crack Wood

Cllr Gerard Brewster, said:

“I welcome this approval of CIL Funding by the Cabinet to support the Allotment and Crack Wood project at the Museum of Food (formally the Museum of East Anglian Life). The allotment holders will benefit from a new site off Combs Lane which will have much better facilities than they have experienced in the past, while the former allotment site will become a managed wetland with the adjacent Crack Wood site also being maintained, both helping community amenity and biodiversity.”

Cllr Keith Scarff, said:

“I am very pleased that through CIL funding the Museum will be receiving funding towards the wetland and Crack Wood, this a great example of how developer contributions can be used to provide financial support for one of Stowmarket’s greatest assets. As ward member, I have been pleased to support this bid for funding throughout the process.”

Botesdale Recreation Ground

Cllr Jessica Fleming, said:

“I am delighted to see this award made for the Botesdale Recreation Ground.  A lot of effort and energy has gone into it, the village is growing and the area will provide much needed open space and activities for local people of all ages to enjoy.”

Stowmarket Football Club

Cllr Paul Ekpenyong, said:

“The promotion of Stowmarket Town Football Club to the Isthmian North League has been a huge tonic for the club and the town. This success is bringing more people into the Sports and Social Club. I am delighted that this CIL award will go towards the provision of a new toilet block with improved accessibility and amenities for all. This is a much needed upgrade to the existing facilities at the club.”

Walsham le Willows play area

Cllr Richard Meyer, said:

“I am delighted to see MSDC supporting the Walsham Play Park and investing in a rural area. Providing an attractive and exciting play area for the youngest residents of Walsham Le Willows will do much to rejuvenate a much-loved facility.”

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