Residents can now submit their proposals for new community projects as part of a new fund in Richmond upon Thames, with Hampton Hill being one of the clusters involved.
The Village Planning Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by Richmond upon Thames Council and paid by developers. A portion of the total tax collected will fund local priority projects which address the impact development has on an area.
This money might be used for a variety of projects, including; green space improvements, resources and equipment for community use or community centre renovations.
Any local resident, business or community group, living or operating within the borough can bring forward a proposal for the Village Planning Fund.
Villages in the borough have been grouped into clusters, to recognise a wider areas where development may impact and to maximise the amount available to be spent locally. Each cluster has a Community Fund ‘pot’ collected from the developments that have taken place in each area.
All proposals should be for more than £5,000 and must meet certain criteria, this includes:
- Addressing demand that development places on an area and be for community benefit.
- Considering village priorities and contributing to the Village Plans
- Must not have any ongoing revenue implications for the Council
- Should have endorsement from at least 2 Cllrs within the cluster area.