Improving Open Spaces - Grants

Section 106 grants for open spaces, sport and recreation facilities

The Council owns and manages recreation facilities and much of the public open space in Calderdale.

However, Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local authority to enter into a binding agreement or planning obligation with a land developer called a section 106 agreement. This agreement can require either:

  • open space to be provided within a new development or
  • a sum of money to be paid which will be used to enhance existing facilities within the catchment area of a development.

All new residential developments are required to provide for the recreational needs of their residents in accordance with standards set by the Council. For further information see Developer contributions.

Historically the Council has used section 106 monies to improve public open space and recreation sites. However, we recognise that some clubs, community and voluntary groups are increasingly providing publicly accessible recreation facilities which may be eligible for section 106 funding.

Where Section 106 monies can be used

Section 106 monies are allocated to improve or create sites within catchment distances of 240m, 400m, 600m and 1200m of a development, the distances being relative to the different types and sizes of open space.

On occasion there may be justification to allocate funding to a site outside the 1200m catchment if, for example, it is a major park which attracts people from greater distances.

Eligible projects are:

  • parks, gardens, play areas, allotments, amenity open space, natural / semi-natural open space and indoor and outdoor sports facilities;
  • new facilities where there is a proven need and none currently exists or to improve facilities;
  • improvements / modernisation to make better use of existing facilities;
  • purchase of non-personal equipment.

We won’t fund:

  • purchase of land that is not going to be put to immediate use;
  • purchase of vehicles;
  • personal equipment;
  • the maintenance, repair, or like-for-like replacement of existing facilities (unless the S106 agreement specifically allows this);
  • feasibility studies or design work where the successful completion of the project cannot be guaranteed or planning consents;
  • ongoing running costs (revenue) or planning consents.

Rules for allocation of section 106 monies to organisations

  • A grant can pay for the entire project, but applicants are encouraged to also seek funding from other sources;
  • The premises should have reasonable security of tenure for at least 20 years;
  • Projects must demonstrate both how they will be maintained in future years and how they will provide long-lasting benefits for local people and / or visitors;
  • Applications should demonstrate community support (consultations, community plans, letters of support);
  • Grants must be claimed within a specified time period;
  • Applicants must demonstrate clear needs and benefits;
  • Facilities must be accessible to all the community;
  • The applicant must operate a satisfactory pricing policy and promote access for members and non-members;
  • The applicant can demonstrate that it is seeking to attract new participants / members;
  • Applicants should demonstrate that funding from other sources is not paying for the same expenditure (this is termed double funding);
  • Work on the project must not have commenced, nor expenditure committed before an offer letter is received and invoices should not predate offer letter;
  • Funding must be used for projects with clearly defined beginning and end dates;
  • Grants will normally be paid after the work has taken place and copies of all invoices should be sent when claiming the grant along with evidence to show that any conditions have been met.

Current Section 106 opportunities

FileAvailable Section 106 funding (as at August 2014)

To locate the area covered by the available Section 106 grant, 'copy' the planning application number and 'paste' it in   Search planning applications

The published documents and map will give you a better understanding of the focus area for the funding.

Application process

Complete the application form in full: PDFApplication for Section 106 funding. [PDF 115KB] Return the form and all the requested information to the address shown at the end of the form.

Whilst there is no minimum or maximum amount that can be applied for, it is likely that there will be insufficient funds to fully fund the project, and applicants are encouraged to make applications to other bodies and to raise funds within the organisation. See External funding.

Organisations may also apply to the Small Grants fund in addition to Section 106 grants.

Allocations will be made in four separate rounds throughout the year; the deadlines for receipt of applications are:

  • 1 May
  • 1 August
  • 1 November
  • 1 February.

Applicants will be informed within six weeks of these dates. Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement which sets out the terms and conditions of the grant.

A monitoring form will need to be completed annually for the required period.