Funding boost for local projects

Local schools, parks, community and environmental projects could receive a £448,000 funding boost thanks to the Bradford Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy, a fund set up to relieve property development pressures across the district.

A significant proportion of the fund could be assigned to the district’s primary and secondary schools with £125,000 of funding proposed to go to local education.

Recreation and open spaces could receive £89,000 and £53,000 could go towards developing the district’s green infrastructure along with public realm and air quality projects.

Over £53,000 has been earmarked for projects to improve habitats on the protected South Pennine Moors.

And, just over £35,000 has been proposed for electric vehicle charging points.

The Bradford Community Infrastructure Levy is collected from new property developments and was adopted in July 2017.

The levy is paid when the developments complete.

The approved funds represent a single year of receipts.

Bradford Council’s Executive will consider the allocation of the Bradford Community Infrastructure Levy monies when it meets on 7 July.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We are pleased to be allocating the funding from this year’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

“These grants go some way to addressing the impacts of new housing development but fall well short of the funding needed to meet the infrastructure needs of the district.

“However, we’ll be making sure every penny counts and investing in some key priorities like new electric vehicle charging points, our parks and open spaces and local education.”

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