Green levy on new homes ‘could be increased, West Norfolk Council official says

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A green levy on new homes could be increased if environmental groups feel it is not doing enough to help protect vital habitats, a West Norfolk Council official has said.

As part of the amendments made to its proposals for future housing development, West Norfolk Council is proposing to introduce a £50 levy on all new homes built in the borough.

The money generated will be used to help fund habitat mitigation measures. The North Norfolk and Yarmouth councils impose similar charges.

And a committee, which will be led by a cabinet member and include members of environmental groups, will be set up to decide how and where the money is spent.

But Alan Gomm, the authority’s local development framework manager, said the amount developers are charged could be reviewed.

He said: “If they tell us a £50 levy is not enough or is not working in an appropriate way, the recommendation could come back to say it needs to be £75 or £100.”

Brian Long, environment portfolio holder, said the onus was now on developers to ensure appropriate flood mitigation measures were in place.

But he added: “It doesn’t put right the wrongs of the past.”