Barnsley Council has allocated £650,487.07 of Section 106 funding to projects around the borough.
Section 106 funding is money that developers of larger sites pay to the council to reduce the impact of the development. Developers sign an S106 agreement as part of their planning permission. This is a legal document that specifies what the money is spent on and where.
The money can be spent on projects such as improving community facilities, education and affordable housing.
Council officers liaise with Area Councils, Community Groups and public representatives to identify suitable projects. An S106 panel then meets every quarter to review each proposed scheme.
S106 funding has been agreed for the following areas:
- £22,971 towards an additional facility for Reds in the Community at Oakwell to keep up with increased demand.
- £27,000 towards a multi-use games area at Oxspring Playing Fields, transforming a small tarmacked area.
- £68,246 towards the final phase of works at Penistone St Johns Primary School. This includes a six class extension, new entrance and office accommodation, pupil toilets and breakout areas.
- £69,325.75 towards Dearne Welfare Pavilion
- £150,000 towards improvements to Barnsley Golf Club clubhouse
- £80,000 towards extending Monk Bretton cemetery, by opening up new areas for burial.
- £18,000 towards the refurbishment of Millhouse Green play area to help it cater to a broader age range of children.
- £25,615.16 towards Hoylandswaine Primary School Community Room, which will host community events and activities.
- £25,615.16 towards Hoylandswaine Church Interior Reordering, to improve the grade 2 historic building.
- £95,000 towards the Little Don Trail, which will open up the borough to a wider network of cycle paths, linked to the Trans Pennine Trail.
- £68,716 towards additional ground works for affordable housing at Catherines Walk, Athersley South.
Many of these projects will also receive additional funding from other sources, particularly, the Little Don Trail, which will receive £530,000 from Sheffield City Region, and Dearne Welfare Pavilion, which will receive £420,000 from the Football Foundation.
For a project to be approved, it must have available S106 money and contribute to the council priorities. Find out more information on Section 106 agreements here.
Matt Gladstone, Executive Director for Place, said: “S106 contributions make a significant difference to these projects and will hugely benefit the borough and our residents.
“The funding gives our residents, volunteers, community organisations and businesses a great opportunity to work together, to make Barnsley a better place for everyone.”
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