BMBC may be spending housing impact money from Hoylandswaine and Penistone in the wards of Darfield and Wombwell instead. An interview in the Sheffield Star reveals that the cash has actually been allocated by the Labour controlled council to the wards of the deputy Mayor and Labour's Cllr Griffin.
Cllr Kitching is challenging the authority’s policy over the way it uses money used to compensate for the negative effects of housing developments after learning £400,000 generated from building in the Penistone district would be spent elsewhere in the borough.
She said she believed Penistone and its surrounding villages deserved a “fair deal” from the use of cash provided by developers to offset the impact of their work. That is paid through an arrangement called ‘Section 106’ where housebuilders responsible for major developments are expected to pay towards providing facilities which will help meet the demands additional residents will put on communities. But Coun Kitching said since joining the authority, she has learned that although more than £400,000 has been generated from Section 106 agreements in the district, money has been allocated to projects in east of the borough, including Wombwell and Darfield.
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