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Urban Areas: Regeneration

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken following the Portas review to urge developers to make financial contributions to ensure that the local community has a strong voice in the planning system.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Government is committed to enabling individuals and community groups to have a greater say over every aspect of their area, including their high streets.

Neighbourhood planning is enabling communities to come together and decide for themselves where new houses, businesses and shops should go. In areas with a Neighbourhood Plan in place, local communities will receive 25% of local Community Infrastructure Levy receipts. In other areas it will be a still highly significant 15%. Communities can spend this money on any infrastructure and associated services they want, to address the demands that development places on the area. At end of June, more than 550 Neighbourhood Plans are being developed.

In addition, local authorities now benefit from new development—the New Homes Bonus recognises increases in housing stock, and local government now keeps half their business rates, and the growth in that share. In turn, councils can spend these funds as they see fit—from community benefits, to supporting frontline services to keeping council tax down.

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