THE LATEST projects to be boosted by New Homes Bonus funding have been announced by Bromsgrove District Council.
In total £79,000 will go to 14 schemes in areas across the district affected by new housing, including Avoncroft, Finstall, Hagley, Marlbrook and Wythall.
The Primrose Hospice will receive £13,597, while Bromsgrove Rugby Club and Wythall Community Association were each handed £12,034.
The New Homes Bonus was introduced by Central Government in 2011 with councils receiving cash every time properties were built in their areas.
The cash was aimed at improving the areas surrounding the developments to cater for the increased populations.
To begin with Bromsgrove District Council’s NHB cash went into the central budget but a 1,429-strong petition presented in 2014 following a campaign by the Hagley Residents Action Group (HRAG), saw the decision taken for some of the cash to go to areas new housing affected.
Peter Rowbottom HRAG’s lead petitioner said: “This is the fourth successive year New Homes Bonus money has been passed on to local communities, and over that period the total amount spent on improving facilities is now over £370,000.
“It is also worth noting once again the total requested money for projects far exceeded the amount of available funding, proving how successful the NHB scheme continues to be across the district.”
Independent district councillor for Barnt Green and Hopwood Charlie Hotham supported the successful Hopwood Mums’ Playground Appeal bid for children’s play equipment which received £10,000.
He said: “Once again the New Homes Bonus is doing what it says on the tin ‘helping local communities fund worthwhile projects’.
“It’s great news that Hopwood has been successful and that the play equipment will be significantly improved.
“This was a real community bid inspired by the mums that will have a long lasting beneficial impact.”