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Under Section 106 (S106) of the Town and County Planning Act 1990, developers may be required to contribute towards the cost of community facilities when the additional need arises as a result of a new housing development.

We are responsible for managing and allocating S106 funding contributions for public open space improvements, including outdoor sport provision and facilities for children and young people.

Funding contributions are negotiated between developers and the council during the planning application process. Developer contributions are usually paid to the council when development begins, or when certain stages are met. This money is then allocated to projects to either provide new facilities, or improve the quality and capacity of existing facilities.

S106 funding contributions open for funding applications

S106 funding awarded to outdoor sports facilities and provision for children and young people projects since April 2010 is available here (Microsoft Excel format). This also includes S106 contributions open for funding applications along with deadlines for submission.

S106 funding can only be spent on new facilities or capacity improvements to existing facilities. It cannot be used to maintain existing facilities.

Apply for Section 106 funding

To apply for S106 funding to support the provision of new or enhanced outdoor sport and children and young people facilities you must be either:

  • a voluntary organisation
  • an organisation that operates a community facility on a not-for-profit basis
  • be a town or parish council, charity, or a school with community use

Before you apply you need to:

  • read Section 106 Funding – Guidance Notes for Applicants which provides details on S106 funding, the application process and guidance on completing the application forms
  • contact our community spaces team to confirm the availability of funding in the locality of your proposed project and discuss eligibility

There are two stages to the application process:

  • stage 1: expression of interest application
  • stage 2: full application

For smaller projects you may only be required to complete a stage 1 expression of Interest application form. Major stage 1 expression of interest applications and all stage 2 full applications will be required to submit a project management and business plan as well as a stage 2 application form, prior to commencing any spend.

If your organisation is awarded S106 funding, you will be expected to enter into a funding agreement with us (the council).

As part of your application you should consider the environmental impact of your project (positive or negative) and describe how this will be addressed. This ensures we are delivering on our environmental commitments and objectives as set out in our Environmental Policy, Council Plan and the South Gloucestershire Community Strategy. To help you with this, we ask that you submit a S106 Environmental Assessment Checklist with your stage 1:expression of interest and (if applicable) stage 2: full application.

Examples of applications

The following completed examples may be useful for when you are completing your application.

Stage 1: expression of interest completed application for a play project

Stage 1: expression of interest completed application for an outdoor sport project

Stage 2: full application form completed for an outdoor sport project

Environmental Assessment Check List – completed example

Business Plan – completed example for an outdoor sport project

Project Management Plan – completed example for outdoor sport project

Applications should be submitted preferably as an electronic version. Alternatively you can submit a hard copy using the contact details provided on the application form.

Application forms are available under the Downloads section of this page.

Doing More Together

South Gloucestershire Council can carry out project management and delivery on your behalf (a fee will be charged for this service which can be paid for out of the S106 funding). Our landscape design team has extensive experience of project design, consultation, management and delivery, including the preparation of planning applications. For more information use the contact details below or visit our Doing More Together page.

Further information and assistance

For further information or assistance contact the community spaces team:

Email: communityspaces@southglos.gov.uk 

Telephone – 01454 865895 to discuss your project

or by post:

South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Environment and Community Services
Community Spaces Team (Streetcare)
PO Box 1954
Bristol
BS37 0DD

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