Issue - meetings
S106 Delivery Report
The Committee considered a schedule setting out details of S106 contributions held by the Council on behalf of infrastructure providers and the progress of schemes funded by S106 contributions, including spend by dates. It was noted that the Council was holding just over £2m of S106 contributions for public open space and recreation projects. It was also holding healthcare contributions of £1.138m on behalf of NHS England until the monies were requested for release.
During the discussion, concerns were expressed about the age of some of the applications listed in the schedule and the delays in delivering the green infrastructure considered by Members and Officers to be required to allow developments to take place. Members were mindful that the S106 contributions held by the Council would continue to increase as housing developments came on stream, and felt that there was a need to expedite delivery of projects funded by S106 contributions/CIL going forward. It was suggested that, since previously, it had been recommended that as part of the review of the Planning Service alternative arrangements be made to ensure that projects funded by S106 contributions/CIL are implemented, this should be followed up through the Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee.
In response to questions, the Development Manager undertook to discuss with the Regeneration and Economic Development Manager whether any unspent S106 contributions held by the Council might be used to assist in reducing the shortfall in funding that has arisen for the delivery of the public realm improvements and open space provision associated with the re-development of Maidstone East Railway Station and the demolition and re-development of the Victoria Public House.
1. That the information set out in the schedule be noted.
2. To RECOMMEND to the Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee: That, as part of the review of the Planning Service, alternative arrangements be made to ensure that projects funded by S106 contributions/CIL are implemented.