Congleton CLP calls upon Cheshire East Council to pass the New Homes Bonus down to Town and Parish Councils so that those councils can start to address the local problems caused by the building of large numbers of houses.
The New Homes Bonus currently rewards councils with a payment equivalent to six years’ council tax for each additional new home they add to their housing stock, although government has recently proposed that this be cut to four years.
In communities throughout Cheshire East housing development is not being matched by an equivalent expansion in infrastructure. By devolving some or all of the New Homes Bonus to community councils, local residents can have some say in how the infrastructure deficit can be met.
Currently Chester and Cheshire West Council passes 20% of the New Homes Bonus to Town and Parish Councils. They are proposing to keep it all in future, as part of a strategy to deal with the cuts imposed by central government.