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Contact: Una Bell
To consider applications for grants as recommended by the Locally Important Projects Panel.
(Director People and Places)
Consideration was given to 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 bids had been opened in December 2018 and 27 applications had been received. The 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.
(1) The grants be awarded, as recommended by the Locally Important Projects Panel, shown in paragraph 3.6 of the report and set out below:-
(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
This 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 allocation of funding to Locally Important Projects supports the delivery of appropriate infrastructure works which address priorities identified in local communities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The recommendations for allocating the Locally Important Projects funds have been based on an approved objective assessment process. No alternatives are available if the funding is to be allocated within the scheme.