Cash boost from new homes built in east Northants

House building has helped generate cash for community groups in east Northants
House building has helped generate cash for community groups in east Northants

More than £284,000 from the New Homes Bonus funding is being used to help build and improve community facilities across east Northamptonshire.

Fourteen community groups have been awarded £284,875 to support a range of projects including the improvement of play areas, refurbishment of sports pavilions, and creation of community meeting places.

The Community Facilities Fund was set up by East Northamptonshire Council using money it receives from central government as new homes are created in the area.

This New Homes Bonus is based on the number of properties added to the council tax base each year, including new builds and empty properties being brought back into use.

A panel of councillors considered and shortlisted the awards and these were approved by the policy and resources committee in September.

Council leader Steven North said: “We are delighted to be able to encourage and support legacy projects across the district.

“As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help expand and improve these facilities.

”The projects will start and finish at different times but, over the next couple of years, we will see these new facilities taking shape.

“We hope that all of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and well-being.”

One of the successful applicants was Chelveston Village Hall, which will use the funding to support an extension of the hall and improvements to the car parking and outdoor facilities.

Cllr Adrian Dale, clerk to Chelveston Village Hall, said: “The trustees are delighted with this award.

“It is the culmination of nearly 25 years of fundraising and means that the project is well on its way to fruition.

“This fund is an excellent initiative, and the application process was straightforward with excellent advice and support available throughout.”