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West Norfolk projects to share £270k of development levy cash

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Dozens of projects in communities across West Norfolk are set to share the first round of funding allocations from a system of charges imposed on large developments in the borough.

More than £270,000 has been allocated from the borough council’s community infrastructure levy (CIL) to over 40 separate schemes around the area.

And officials say more will follow these contributions from the system, which were approved at the first meeting of the authority’s new CIL board last Thursday.

Richard Blunt, the authority’s cabinet member for development, said: “It’s vital that we do everything we can to help our communities and the people within them.

“This scheme shows that you can really harness the benefits of local development by levering in additional funding for community based projects.

“We are delighted to be announcing this funding, which is great news for local communities, and will be writing to all the successful applicants shortly with their funding agreement.”

Funding from the CIL is divided into levels for local projects, which can receive between £2,000 and £10,000, community projects of £10,000 to £50,000 and strategic projects requiring more than £50,000.

A total of 46 schemes have received funding in the local category, including the ongoing effort to renovate and re-open the Blue Bell pub in Stoke Ferry, which is set to receive the maximum £10,000.

Others which are set to receive that amount include plans to renovate the village play area in Clenchwarton, the development of a community hub at the old Post Office in Ingoldisthorpe and the creation of a cycle track at the Holly Meadows School in Pott Row.

Elsewhere, £4,000 is to be given to the Old Hunstanton parish council to help fund new parking measures, such as double yellow lines.

And the Gayton parish council has been allocated £3,000 to fund a study of drainage issues in the village.

A further 11 schemes have been allocated support worth around £225,000 in the community category, although officials say they are subject to final cabinet approval.

They include £50,000 towards the development of a new skatepark in West Winch.

The same amount has also been earmarked for schemes to extend the footpath in Barroway Drove and to improve the heating systems at Upwell Hall.

Meanwhile, a further £250,000 is also set to be pumped into strategic projects, subject to cabinet approval.

And council officials say that almost £430,000 of additional funding has already been distributed directly to parish level authorities through the CIL mechanism.

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