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Project Funding

Last updated September 2013

Section 2016 Planning Obligations

Recreational Contributions

The vast majority of open space & play projects in Poole are funded by Section 106 Planning Obligations:

Planning Obligations Funding was a nationwide innovation introduced by central Government and generated through the planning department. Legally binding agreements were entered into with property developers to ensure that certain planning obligations were met.

One such obligation was known as ‘Recreational Contributions’ – developer money contributed solely for the provision or improvement of parks, play areas and other leisure facilities. Recreational Contributions were allocated to two distinct funds:

Ward Based Funds, for use only in the ward in which the development(s) took place, and only on:

Equipped Children’s Play

Casual Play & Amenity Open Space

Borough-wide Funds, to be spent on facilities that can be enjoyed by all residents of Poole:

Major Built Facilities, such as Leisure Centres

Youth/Adult Outdoor Play


Poole Park

Upton Country Park

Borough of Poole introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy in January 2013, at which time approximately £1.7 million of unallocated Recreational Contributions was held; that amount is split between the different categories listed above and is funding current ‘Poole Projects’.

Further background information to Section 106 Planning Obligations & the CIL can be found at poole.gov.uk

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Adopted by Borough of Poole in January 2013 the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new locally set charge which can be applied to most new development to help fund infrastructure in Poole.

CIL finance can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This includes new transport networks, flood defences, schools, hospitals and other health and social care facilities, park improvements, green spaces and leisure centres.

From the 2nd January 2013 CIL replaces the Council’s planning obligation infrastructure tariffs for Transport (as set out in South East Dorset Transport Contributions Scheme 2 SPD), open space (as set out in Planning Obligations: Open Space and Recreation SPG) and Heathland mitigation (as set out in the Dorset Heathland SPD).

Heathland Strategic Access Management & Monitoring (SAMM)

A new planning contribution came into effect on 8th April 2015, taken from all qualifying residential development to fund Strategic Access Management and Monitoring with the aim of managing the adverse effects of development upon the internationally important Dorset Heathlands. Further information on the contribution is available at www.poole.gov.uk

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