Local Richmondshire projects receive £25k windfall from new homes

Communities across Richmondshire are to benefit from a £25,000 windfall.

The five Area Partnerships have each been awarded £5,000 to spend on local projects.

Members of the District Council’s Strategy Board have agreed to use some of the cash from the ‘New Homes Bonus’ coming into the authority from Central Government.

The bonus was launched two years ago as an incentive to local councils to promote housing growth. They receive an annual un-ringfenced grant for six years for each additional home built - including affordable homes.

In the last two years Richmondshire has received £233,000 which they intend to use to benefit communities across the district.

It will also recognise the contribution made by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) in bringing more housing into the National Park area. Two of the Area Partnerships – the Upper Dales and the Lower Wensleydale Partnerships – have communities within the National Park.

“This cash is going to be re-invested back into the district – especially into the areas where housing growth has taken place,” said Council Leader, Councillor John Blackie.

“We also recognise the contribution made by the National Park in the planning process which has seen new homes developed through its own Local Plan.

“We want to see the £25,000 allocated to the Area Partnerships benefitting all our communities – it gives locally run groups the opportunity to access small pots of money for a variety of schemes.”

And YDNPA Chairman, Carl Lis added “We welcome the news and look forward to working with the District Council and communities to support local projects with some of this new money. We have worked hard to release land for housing in the National Park and we are pleased that the Government recognises this effort through its homes bonus programme.”