Hampshire County Council to tackle changes to infrastucture funding

LEADER Cllr Ken Thornber
LEADER Cllr Ken Thornber

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HAMPSHIRE County Council is seeking the best way to get funding for essentials like roads and schools.

Changes to the planning system and the way the public sector is funded will impact on the council’s ability to secure newfunding, it says.

This may bring new problems when it comes to getting the cash for new roads, schools and community facilities.

Under the new regime, a charge called the Community Infrastructure Levy, which developers must pay to councils, will be the primary mechanism for raising funds for infrastucture.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of the council, said: ‘Historically, we have done well in securing funds from developers via district and borough councils to provide the infrastructure required to support new housing, commercial and industrial developments.

‘Under the old regime, the county council secured and collected around £150m over a five-year period through developer contributions, mainly for education and transport improvements.

‘We now need to ensure that, with the introduction of new funding mechanisms, we can be equally successful at securing money for essential infrastructure for the benefit of Hampshire residents.’

He added: ‘Our main priority is to ensure that any new development helps create sustainable and thriving communities, not soulless housing estates with no facilities or community resources.’