Decision details

Locally Important Projects - Additional Funding

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


(Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources)




Consideration was given to additional grants which had been recommended by the Locally Important Projects (LIPs) Panel.


The New Homes Bonus had commenced in April 2011 and Cabinet had established that 40% of the funds would be apportioned to LIPs. LIPs funding could be used to support the delivery of appropriate infrastructure works such as additional, or extension of, social facilities and improvements to paths walkways and the local environment. Parish and Town Councils and community organisations were eligible to apply for funding for a LIP.  Projects would have to meet local community aspirations and needs, address community infrastructure needs and provide good value for money and deliverability.


A seventh round of LIPs bids opened in December 2018 and 27 applications had been received before the deadline on 11 January 2019. Additional LIPs funding had since been made available which enabled consideration of three additional funding bids. The additional applications had been considered by Members, with officer support, and had been scored against an agreed criteria which included value to the community and disadvantaged groups, links to Council Plan priorities and a high level of match funding and partner buy-in. Grant awards would be subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, and the signing of a funding agreement.


The grants proposed by the LIPs Panel supported new applications and increased the offer of grant given to projects that were allocated reduced sums of LIPs grant funding in the original round of funding for 2019/20.



(1)        The grants set out be awarded, as follows:-





Proposed Grant

Burneside Residents Association (new application)

Food Bank


Sedbergh CIO (new application)

Pump Track


St George’s Parish Church (new application)

Community Flood Relief Hub


Duddon Parish Council (previously declined – additional information submitted)

20mph Scheme in Broughton in Furness


Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council (previously declined – additional information submitted)

Zebra Crossing at Dodgson Court







Original LIPs Offer

Increased Offer Proposal

Total New Proposed LIPs Offer

Arnside EI

Stage & Facilities Refurbishment




Arnside Parish Council

Arnside Pier Railings




Crosthwaite Exchange

Upgrades to Kitchen




Ford Park Community Group

Infrastructure Improvements




Levens Playing Fields Committee

Levens Playing Field Development




New Hutton Institute

Kitchen Extension




Staveley Parish Council

Jacks Corner – Community Space




Total new additional sum recommended:



(2)        Officers be authorised, in consultation with the Solicitor to the Council, to finalise terms of the separate funding agreements with each organisation.


Reasons for Decision


The decision will support the Council Plan’s Housing priority – “We will continue to use our resources (e.g. New Homes Bonus and Second Homes Fund) and assess how they are best applied to different delivery models, to help build affordable housing and to support locally important projects”.


The decision will also support the Council Plan’s Economy and Culture Priority – “Working with local communities to improve, manage and promote accessible public realm”.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The recommendations for allocating the Locally Important Project funds had been based on an approved objective assessment process. No alternatives were available if the funding was to be allocated within the scheme.

Publication date: 07/06/2019

Date of decision: 06/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 06/06/2019 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Effective from: 17/06/2019

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