Weston Town Council could get £7,000 for every house built outside town centre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2016

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Developers creating new homes and other buildings in Weston-super-Mare town centre will not be forced to pay any contributions to the council under new plans.

At the moment, anyone building new houses in North Somerset negotiates with the district council over how much money to contribute towards community projects and roads.

North Somerset Council is in the process of creating a new kind of contribution for housing developers, called a community infrastructure levy (CIL).

In most parts of Weston, it will mean developers will pay £40 to the council per square-metre of land – but this will not apply to the town centre.

The council’s regeneration manager Jenny Ford said the town centre was harder to develop, as, in many cases, buildings would need to be demolished before something new could be built.

The CIL scheme will mean parish and town councils will also receive 15 per cent of the money – or 25 per cent if they have a neighbourhood plan in place.

Weston Town Council could receive around £4,000 per house built within its boundaries outside the town centre, or as much as £7,000 if it created a neighbourhood plan.

It may take two years before North Somerset Council receives any money from the levy.

The council’s proposal will be given to the planning inspector later this year, and it could take up to 12 months before a final decision is made.

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