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Seafront play park could benefit from £120,000 funding boost

PUBLISHED: 13:37 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:04 11 March 2019

The Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark Boggis

The Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark Boggis

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Play area facilities on a popular seafront could be set for a boost as a council discusses making major improvements.

The Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark BoggisThe Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark Boggis

More than £120,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding could be spent making an extension to the current play area on Lowestoft seafront at Royal Green.

Waveney District Council’s cabinet is being recommended to make £123,500 of CIL funding available to deliver the project.

They will meet at Waveney headquarters at Riverside in Lowestoft on Wednesday, March 13 to discuss a recommendation from the council’s Local Plan Working Group to approve the funding.

A report to councillors states: “The extension to the play area at Royal Green, Lowestoft will provide important new facilities at a strategic location on the seafront which will support the council’s plans for the seafront and the upcoming First Light Festival.

The Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark BoggisThe Royal Green play park in Lowestoft, which could be set for major new improvements. Pictures: Mark Boggis

“Approving funding at this time will allow work to commence quickly for the summer season.

“This project involves an extension to the existing play area on the Lowestoft seafront at Royal Green to provide a self-contained toddler play area with inclusive play provision for disabled users.”

“The play area extension at Royal Green has been identified as a project which will deliver significant benefits which will be maximised if it is delivered for summer 2019 and is recommended to receive CIL funding.”

If the project gets the go-ahead, and funding is agreed, it would be delivered by Waveney District Council in partnership with Sentinel Leisure Trust and Waveney Norse.

“It would address a need for good quality play provision on the seafront, especially toddler play equipment”, the report to councillors adds.

With planning permission not required for the play area extension, the council report adds that procurement has already taken place.

In recommending approval that £123,500 of CIL funding be made available for the play area extension at Royal Green, it adds: “Given the role the project would play in supporting growth in the Local Plan; the benefits arising from the project; revisions to the design of the project; along with the timing of the First Light Festival in June and the upcoming main summer holiday season; the project is recommended for £123,500 of CIL funding.”

About CIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is the main way in which Waveney District Council collects contributions from developers for infrastructure provision to support development planned in the council’s Local Plan.

It largely replaces the old system of Section 106 planning obligations.

The report states: “In 2014, full council agreed process and governance arrangements for the spending of CIL.

“Decisions on what to spend CIL on are made through an annual programming process supported by an annually updated Infrastructure Plan.

“Recommendations on CIL spending are made by the council’s Local Plan Working Group and the final decision is taken by the council’s cabinet.

“For a project to receive CIL funding it should: be within a type of infrastructure that is included on the Council’s Regulation 123 list (contained in the Infrastructure Plan); be identified in the latest Infrastructure Plan; be capable of starting in the financial year; and be broadly in line with the phasing of infrastructure delivery outlined in the Infrastructure Plan unless there are good reasons for earlier/later delivery.”

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