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Long Sutton Parish Council ‘vague’ request prompts criticism from South Holland District Council planning committee

Committee members took the chance to warn parish councils to be specific about what they want from section 106 cash pots.

During Wednesday’s planning meeting, members discussed a lack of detail from Long Sutton Parish Council in what it wanted developers to contribute to the town.

Section 106 requests ensure authorities such as the NHS and parish councils can put their hat in the ring for a lump sum to be provided as a planning condition. However, Long Sutton’s authority missed out on the chance of any cash from Stinders Homes – and members criticised the parish council’s ‘vague’ application for funds.

Long Sutton Parish Council asked for money from the committee
Long Sutton Parish Council asked for money from the committee

“The onus is very much on the parish council to get its house in order,” said Chairman James Avery.

“As we know at Pinchbeck Parish Council we know that you have got to have a ready made bun in the oven for when these things come up.”

Coun Andrew Woolf added: “This is a lesson and message to all parish councils to be very specific about what they would like.

“It’s a missed opportunity as I think the money could be spent well.”

Head of Planning Phil Norman said that he had sent out information to all parish councils in the area on how to put together a case for funding, adding: “We will always look at the request.”

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