£24k agreed for sport will not come from new homes
A DEVELOPER will not need to stump up £24,000 that it previously agreed to pay to help fund sport facilities after building new homes in Curry Rivel and Langport.
South Somerset District Council has agreed to discharge conditions ordering Yarlington Housing Group to contribute money to sports in the area.
The conditions were attached to planning permissions for 20 homes at Westfield, Curry Rivel, and for 17 homes at Eastover, Langport.
They were part of a Section 106 agreement, which involved a series of cash contributions that Yarlington was to make to help support the communities the new houses are being built in.
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The housing association previously agreed to pay £24,294 towards sports halls, swimming pools or synthetic pitches in Yeovil as a condition of the two developments.
But a report to the district council's Area North committee meeting last week said it is no longer able to pay it.
But the report added that it had kept to other obligations laid out by the council.
It said Yarlington had paid £20,044 to support the Huish and Langport Cricket Club off Field Road.
It has also paid £11,843 for play equipment and £4,379 for youth facilities at the Langport Recreation Ground.
A total of £38,756 was also paid towards play equipment, youth facilities and a playing pitch at the Recreation Ground which neighbours the new housing development at Westfield in Curry Rivel.
A further £13,452 has been paid to assist with the maintenance of open spaces in Curry Rivel.
A statement from Yarlington said its priority was to provide affordable homes.
It said: "We recognise the importance of community facilities and have already contributed £88,475 towards leisure, recreation and play facilities in relation to these developments.
"The fact that the council have agreed to set aside this money, which was not directly linked to the local area, will enable us to invest these funds in the provision of new homes and the improvement and maintenance of existing homes in the area."