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Updated plan for securing infrastructure improvements

Details of the infrastructure improvements that will need to be provided as part of any future new developments are set out in a document published by Fenland District Council this week.

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They are contained in a draft update to the council's existing Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP), which supports the Local Plan.

People are being given the chance to comment on them during a four-week consultation launched by the council on Monday (November 16).

The update has been linked to the new Government restrictions on pooling of monies from developer contributions from new developments (Section 106 agreements) and the council's decision at the end of 2014 that the time was not right to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). That decision will be reviewed if the economic climate improves.

Councillor Will Sutton, FDC's Cabinet member responsible for neighbourhood planning, said: "This draft IDP seeks to provide greater detail of what infrastructure is required for schools, highways and drainage when new developments come forward and their likely costs.

"It also brings together already published information such as in the Local Plan and Market Town Transport Strategies to make it easier to identify funding gaps."

The document can be viewed online at www.fenland.gov.uk/planningpolicy.

People can send any comments on it by email to neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or by post to Neighbourhood Strategy (Planning Policy) Team, Fenland District Council, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NQ.

The consultation period runs until 6pm on December 14. 2015. All comments received will be considered for inclusion in a final version of the IDP and the council will decide early next year whether to adopt it.