New housing funded improvement works for Stamford and Bourne schools

A new report has been published outlining how developer contributions from new housing and other developments in Bourne and Stamford was spent by the county council on school improvements in the last financial year.
Developer contributions have paid for school improvements in Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping in the last year.Developer contributions have paid for school improvements in Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping in the last year.
Developer contributions have paid for school improvements in Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping in the last year.

One of the projects that received money in this way during 2019/20 included a two-classroom extension at Bourne Academy, which received £170,623 from developers.

Another was Stamford Welland School which saw £48,223 agreed to go towards refurbishments bringing four classrooms into use. A further £276,561.96 has yet to be spent on the school.

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Another £900,300 was also given towards The Deepings 6th form scheme which provided additional Year 7-11 capacity.

Lincolnshire County Council has to publish a full Infrastructure Funding Statement each year outlining all developer contributions towards services and projects it carries out.

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill, said: “Since March 2020, £668,000 has also been allocated to the recently completed Lincoln Eastern Bypass, and more than £750,000 has been allocated to ongoing or future projects. This could be to increase the size of a local school, to provide a more regular bus service or to create a cycle path for example.”

Construction companies and developers will often be required to make contributions towards local improvements as part of planning conditions. This is either through a Section 106 agreement, or through a ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ (CIL), depending what is in place in each district.

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Coun Hill added: “Housing and other developments in Lincolnshire are essential to make sure our economy and communities thrive.

“Developments can also lead to an increased need for public services such as schools, transport and other infrastructure. All local authorities in Lincolnshire take their responsibility for planning very seriously, and councils work together to consider the positive and negative impacts of any development, before permission is granted.”