Millions secured for Vale communities through planning agreements

20 July 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council secured more than £8m of funding for community investment through Section 106 agreements attached to planning approvals during 2015/16.

A total of 21 Section 106 agreements were made in the twelve months between 01 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. These agreements require housing developers to make a financial contribution to the Vale as a condition of their planning permission. The total value of the financial contributions in these legal agreements was £8,029,190.

The Council uses this funding to provide or enhance infrastructure, education and community facilities. During 2015/16 this money was used to fund additional school places, new public transport links, improved pavements and cycle paths, public art schemes, upgrades to parks and children's play areas, and opportunities for training and development.

The most high profile examples include the expansion of Llanfair Primary School and Ysgol Dewi Sant, upgrades to the Gileston Road and St. Athan crossroads, improvements to the Barry Island Causeway, new pedestrian crossings at Buttrills Road and Holton Road, new bus shelters in Barry and Llandough, the Port Road cycleway in Barry, the refurbishment of the George Street play area in Barry, and the Buddy bench scheme at Llangan Primary School.

The planning obligation requirements secured in the last year have also included ‘in-kind’ obligations such as provision of on-site affordable housing, on-site public open space and public art.

Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “The planning obligations sought through Section 106 Legal Agreements are an important mechanism designed to mitigate the impacts of new developments on the Vale and provide additional facilities.

“The money and facilities from developers negotiated by our planning team is also becoming an ever more important source of funding for the Council. Section 106 funding is used for a wide range of projects and often pays for the work that has the most immediate impact on communities and I am delighted to see it is being used to such great effect.”