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South Lakeland communities share £28k development pot

Eleven communities have benefited from the money Photo: South Lakeland District Council

Local communities across South Lakeland have shared almost £28,000 from a new development scheme.

Eleven communities have benefited from the money funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

These include Burton in Kendal, Casterton, Grange over Sands, Kendal, Kirkby Ireleth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Levens, Lower Allithwaite, Lower Holker, Ulverston and Hincaster.

The money is paid to parish and town councils to be spent on projects supporting development in the area.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has received around £250,000 in CIL payments.

The payments have come from developers since CIL started in 2015.

15% of each CIL payment is now given to the relevant areas every six months.

The money comes alongside Locally Important Projects funding, which SLDC gives to help local communities invest in new initiatives.

SLDC’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation said:

I am delighted that almost £28,000 in CIL payments has already been made to local communities across South Lakeland and that a further round of payments will be made in October.

The main benefit of the CIL is that infrastructure is funded in line with growth. Developers are required to fund improvements to ensure areas can cope with new homes and developments. It also enables developers to have a clear idea of how much they will be expected to contribute for each project.

The money can be used to fund vital new infrastructure, making improvements to roads, schools and green spaces. Part of the money is paid to parish and town councils, allowing those communities to decide how it is best spent supporting local development.”

– Cllr Jonathan Brook, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation, SLDC