Over £1.5 million funding agreed for sports facilities and community spaces across South Gloucestershire

Shadow of a tennis racket on a grass tennis court with white lines and a tennis ball

Sports facilities and public open spaces in Frenchay, Wickwar and Yate will be receiving over £1.5 million for new facilities and improvements thanks to developer funding secured by South Gloucestershire Council.

The funding has been secured as Section 106 (S106) developer contributions from the developments at Scholars Chase in Stoke Gifford, North Avon Magistrates Court in Yate and Land South of Poplar Lane and Land South of Horwood Lane in Wickwar.

The recipients of developer funding are:

  • Downend and Frenchay Tennis Club: £366,579.06 capital towards the construction of a new tennis club house
  • Frenchay Crickey Club: £394,100.54 capital/£230,221.46 revenue towards the construction of a new cricket pavilion (£230,221.46 revenue to be capitalised)
  • South Gloucestershire Council: £35,077.28 capital/£36,884.04 revenue to fund the refurbishment of the Blakeney Mills play area (£36,884.04 revenue funding to be capitalised)
  • Wickwar Parish Council: £246,500.97 capital/£95,287.74 revenue towards the renovation and extension of the existing football pavilion at King George V playing fields, Wickwar
  • Wickwar Playing Fields Association: £82,934.64 capital/£32,059.33 revenue towards the construction of a BMX pump track at Wickwar playing fields.

Councillor Leigh Ingham, cabinet member for communities and local place at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “I am so pleased that South Gloucestershire Council has been able to negotiate this developer funding to support investment in local sports clubs and help improve the area’s open spaces.

“It’s important that housing developers contribute towards the infrastructure required to meet the needs of growing populations. These new and refurbished facilities and public open spaces will help meet local need and ensure more people can enjoy being active across the area.”

Under Section 106 (S106) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) the council is able to secure financial contributions from developers in order to offset the costs of the external impacts arising from the development. This is to support the open space infrastructure that the council needs to have in place to support demands generated by the development.