DCLG has announced a pilot programme for Development Benefits. In response to queries from Planning magazine about the initiative Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, commented that, other than in principle, most moans from residents about new development were about pressure on local services and, as authorities were already losing potential monies to the 15/25% neighbourhood "bung", this latest "benefit" would take even more money out of the infrastructure improvement pot.
Kiely said "Those I've spoken to are concerned ... that unless this money comes from somewhere other than out of the value of the development ... then it will be money that you can't use to fund the things that are needed to support the development. So there is not a great level of interest in it from that point of view."
John Silvester, the Society's Communications Manager, told Planning that "it seems a strange device to offer cash inducements to local residents to encourage development that might otherwise be unacceptable." Silvester added that as a result potential valid objections may be quelled, and none accordingly submitted which in other circumstances may have swayed councillors consideration of an application.
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