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Investing in Southwell

July 2, 2019 3:04 PM

Becketts Field Hopewell Rise Southwell Starts Bechers CourtNewly elected District Councillors Peter Harris and Malcolm Brock will be investigating Newark and Sherwood plans for spending its Community Infrastructure Levy. The issue was raised many times during the recent local Council Elections.
Every major housing development must pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to the District Council. The charge enables the Council to invest in local infrastructure projects to support communities as they expand.
Development in Southwell has resulted in £496,000 in CIL money since 2014 with more to follow from future new housing. The Town Council originally received 15 per cent of the levy but that increased to 25 per cent with the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan.

A Fair Deal for Southwell

The District Council decides how and where the remaining 75 per cent will be spent. So far most of the levy seems to have been allocated to highway projects in and around Newark, along with funding for a new secondary school there.
With considerable housing development in Newark it makes sense to improve facilities to deal with the expected increase in the population but the same argument applies to Southwell, which should receive its fair share to fund schemes to help our area. Focus will report.