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Melton Planners secure Village Hall funding

Published Tuesday, 23rd August 2016

Melton Borough Council has secured a sizeable contribution to a Village Hall project.

Harby Village Hall Committee has been seeking support from many sources towards its ambitious new Village Hall. Melton’s Planning Committee have worked alongside the Committee and when a development was proposed in Harby, sought contributions for this purpose. After initially refusing to do so, the developer Mr Coy has now agreed to contribute £22,625 towards the £625,000 project.

Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader of the Council who proposed the contribution said “Development pressures are huge and the Government expects us to grant permission for several thousand homes over the next 20 years. However developments also offer an opportunity to help fund local projects like the Harby Village Hall. We were pleased to work with the Village Hall Committee to understand their project, and satisfied that we were able to persuade the developer to make this contribution”.

Jim Worley, from the Council’s planning department, added “This contribution adds to another we have secured in Harby and together they are creating a fund that will help make Harby’s new Village Hall a reality. We worked closely with the Village Hall to calculate the fair share of the costs that the development should make and are pleased the developers have agreed. This will now be part of a binding contract to ensure it is paid when the building goes ahead”.

Melton Borough Council Is currently producing a Local Plan to guide development for the next 20 years. The plan will set out the locations for the housing and other development the Borough needs and also the infrastructure that is needed alongside. The next stage of the plan will be published shortly and will offer the opportunity for communities within the Borough to identify what infrastructure projects development proposals should support and to secure benefits from new development