More than £1.6m invested in local community projects

Funding of more than £1.6m has been approved for a variety of projects by Barnsley Council’s Section 106 Strategic Panel which allocates funding from developers.

S106 is part of the Town and Country Planning Act and requires developers to make a contribution to providing new community and social infrastructure to ensure new development proposals are acceptable in planning terms. These are often called ‘developer contributions’.

In Barnsley the S106 strategic panel meets bi-monthly to discuss schemes and proposals put forward for approval. The panel is made up of elected members and senior staff from Planning, Communities, Finance, Legal, and Environment and Transport. At strategic panel, awards totalling £1.628m were approved to enhance a range of facilities and provide affordable housing in the borough.

These included:

  • £50,000 for new play equipment at Goldthorpe Recreation Ground, providing a new facility
  • £25,000 towards ‘The Old Orchard Site’ at Goldthorpe including footpath and public open space enhancements
  • £1.2m towards a larger scheme to provide new nine new affordable homes at the former Goldthorpe Market site
  • £300,000 towards a new purpose built facility at Parkside, Hoyland, as part of the wider £2.565m scheme for a new sports facility/building and playing pitches
  • £15,000 towards footpath resurfacing and enhancements at St Catherine’s Walk, Athersley
  • £32,000 for football pitch improvements and renovations at Redfearns JFC, Monk Bretton
  • £3,300 for lighting enhancements at Carlton Park

Schemes awarded investment in other recent panel meetings include the Thurgoland Welfare Scheme (£66,643); Penistone Leisure Centre (£68,590); Millhouse Green play area (£22,000); Royston Park and Winter Avenue play area (£10,000).

Section 106 funding has also provided enhancements to some of our local schools, including building improvements and increasing the number of places available at Mapplewell Primary (£407,596) and Birkwood Primary Schools (£989,000).

Kathy McArdle, Barnsley Council’s Service Director for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The government requires us to deliver at least 900 additional homes a year. We are seeing lots of development in Barnsley and we’re working hard to make sure we have sustainable, quality housing. We’re also working to make sure developments complement our communities, and make a positive contribution.

“Section 106 funding helps make sure the positives new developments bring to communities are backed up by new investment in our community and social infrastructure, whether that’s through new play equipment, better and more accessible greenspace, more sporting facilities or better local footpaths so more people can enjoy walking and cycling.”

An annual infrastructure statement is published on the council’s website which shows the receipts and expenditure each financial year, and what projects have been commissioned and delivered The latest report can be found here.  

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