New Homes Bonus

Click here to check your parish or town's current New Homes Bonus allocations.  The amount available to draw down excludes any monies we have approved but not yet paid to you.

 

We require ALL parish and town councils to consult the community about how New Homes Bonus allocations for their areas should be spent and to provide evidence that they have done so for example by holding public meetings, flyers through doors, notices around the parish and in parish magazines.  If you do not tell your community how much New Homes Bonus you have available to spend and invite views on how it should be spent we will not consider any proposals you submit to us.  Please see community consultation below.

What is New Homes Bonus?

The government introduced the New Homes Bonus in April 2011.  The bonus was designed to ensure that the economic benefits of housing growth are returned to the councils and communities where that growth takes place.  For every new home built and occupied in Wychavon, and every long-term empty home brought back into use, the government gives us a non-ring fenced New Homes Bonus grant each year for six years.

Our New Homes Bonus Protocol (2014-2016) explains how the bonus is calculated, its relationship to the planning system and how we are using the money.  We have allocated up to 40% of our years two to five New Homes Bonus grant for investment in local communities where the development that has generated it has taken place. We have invited parish and town councils to submit proposals for spending New Homes Bonus allocations for their area.

Update on current position

The next tranche of Years 2 to 5 allocations is now available to town and parish councils. You can find out here how much is available to you during 2016/17.

The Government has recently consulted on some changes to New Homes Bonus, including cutting the number of years payments are made from the current six to four. The outcome of the consultation may affect how much New Homes Bonus we can make available to you in future years.

We are not publishing any Year 6 figures or making any decisions about how we use Year 6 New Homes Bonus money, until the outcome of the Government’s consultation is known.  Year 6 is New Homes Bonus money associated with homes completed and occupied between October 2014 and October 2015

Community consultation

We require ALL parish and town councils to consult the community about how NHB allocations for their areas should be spent and to provide evidence that they have done so. For allocations of £10,000 and over we will expect a greater level of consultation. See sections 8.5 and 8.7 of the protocol.

We will generally expect allocations over £10,000 to be used for new community facilities and services, or significant expansions to existing ones, rather than being spent on lots of small items or activities (section 8.6 of the protocol). - click on the link below for more details.

Projects

Defibrillators - please see community consulation attached before you complete your form

Phone boxes - Will NHB support refurbishment of phone boxes?

 Yes as long as it has community support the Localism Panel would support renovation of the phone box if it has an innovative purpose – eg book exchange, tourist point, art installation, defibrillator etc

 

For more information click on the links below or contact Tracy Perkins on 01386 565517 or email tracy.perkins@wychavon.gov.uk.