As well as providing much-needed high-quality homes for the local area, our proposed development will contribute towards a range of services and infrastructure provisions through a Section 106 agreement. Different areas of Suffolk have different priorities and therefore it is important to appreciate where particular needs and pressures arise in Holbrook relating to measures such as:
- Affordable housing
- Community uses
- Early years and childcare provision
- Education provision (primary, secondary, sixth form)
- Fire and rescue services
- Health facilities
- Highways infrastructure and rights of way
- Provision and maintenance of public open spaces and sustainable drainage
Such contributions must be necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms and directly related to the development, as well as fairly and reasonably related in scale to the development.
The feedback received during the November 2013 public consultation has helped us to understand the areas which may need to be improved in order to ensure that our proposed development can successfully integrate with the local community. This has helped inform our discussions with local authorities and contributions will be determined by the council as a condition of planning approval.
Holbrook Village Hall receive a helping hand
As part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities in which we build, our East Anglia team has recently helped Holbrook Village Hall create valuable parking spaces for the community.
Holbrook Village Hall is a focal part of the community and is used extensively by residents, but its lack of parking available was an ongoing issue for the Village Hall. We organised and paid for contractors to remove the soil which had been occupying valuable car parking spaces at the hall since the year 2000.
David Rose, Chairman of Holbrook Village Hall Committee, said: “On behalf of our community I’d like to say thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their help and support. The road outside Holbrook Village Hall is too narrow to park on and this has been an issue for the past 18 years. The hall exists for the benefit of local residents, so we are extremely grateful that more parking spaces have been created.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “It’s extremely important to support the communities in which we build our new homes and we’re proud to have restored much needed parking spaces at Holbrook Village Hall. We know how important the hall is to the local community, so we’re honoured to lend our support and it’s great to know that it has made such a difference.”
The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. Based on 78 homes, funds in the region of £700,000 will be generated for Babergh District Council. The development would also generate an estimated £800,000 per year in additional retail expenditure (based on England average expenditure per capita).