Developer contributions - projects funded (S106)
New homes and other buildings create extra demand on local facilities. Where it's not possible to address a development’s impact on site, we seek off-site contributions from developers via agreements known as Section 106s. These payments are used to mitigate impacts by funding new facilities or to expand and improve current amenities in the local area. Below are some projects that have been fully or part-funded by these developer contributions in the financial year 2020-2021.
Adventure Playgrounds refurbishment
The play equipment at Adeyfield and Grovehill and Woodhall Farm Adventure Playgrounds had become rotten and some had been removed, leaving very little play value for visitors. The old structures were replaced with new play equipment in 2020, meeting modern standards which means that the Adventure Playgrounds are now safer and require less maintenance than previously. The playgrounds now include multi-play structures with climbing walls, a sand pit, water play and double tubular slides.
There has been fantastic feedback from users of the sites, with families commenting on how colourful the playgrounds now look and appreciating the more inclusive equipment.
Adeyfield Adventure Playground funding: £70,000
Grovehill and Woodhall Farm Adventure Playground funding: £109,000
3G floodlit sports pitches
New 3G artificial turf pitches with floodlighting were installed at Adeyfield and Grovehill and Woodhall Adventure Playground sites in 2020. 3G artificial turf is a very durable, all-weather surface which does not get easily damaged or waterlogged. When combined with the floodlighting this means that the pitches can be used for more hours a day and more days per year than traditional turf pitches.
The Adeyfield 3G pitch measures 35 metres by 18 metres, whilst the Grovehill one has a full-size football pitch (approximately 120 metres by 90 metres). Demand for all-weather sports pitches in the borough is high - these will provide additional facilities that can be used by the public, community and sports clubs. Feedback from users has been very positive since these new facilities opened.
Adeyfield 3G pitch funding: £54,500
Grovehill and Woodhall Farm 3G pitch funding: £156,500
Housing at Northend and Westerdale
Williams House, Northend and Howe Grove House, Westerdale in Hemel Hempstead were completed in the summer of 2020. They are two former council garage sites and now provide 12 flats to support residents in need of temporary accommodation. Across the two developments they offer 10 two-bedroom and two one-bedroom flats.
Developer contributions funding: £1.2 million (funded over two years)
Cupid Green playing pitches
We have five football pitches at Cupid Green playing fields - these range from junior pitches to full-size adult pitches. The location suffers from poor drainage, which results in match/practice cancellations or damage to the pitches. Developer contributions have funded new equipment to assist with drainage works and funding for works to improve the playing surface, with the aim of bringing it up to standard within three years. The results are already looking good.
Developer contributions funding: £121,000 over three years (2020-2021 was the first year)
Cupid Green tennis/netball courts
The courts at Cupid Green Playing Fields were showing their age. They received a complete resurface, new nets and gates were installed and general improvements were made to the area. The courts reopened in spring 2021. There are four tennis courts and three netball courts available to hire and these can be used by the general public free of charge, with a small charge for organisation or club use - find out more about hiring the courts.
Developer contributions funding: £60,000
Improvements to the Nickey Line
The Nickey Line, a former railway line that connected Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead, is a popular cycle route and footpath. It also forms an important green corridor for wildlife. A four-year project funded by developer contributions aims to enhance public access to, and use of, the Nickey Line as a sustainable transport option and for leisure purposes. The project also focuses on improving habitat diversity, and appropriate management of trees near adjacent properties to reduce risk to these buildings.
Developer contributions funding: £146,625 over four years (2020-2021 was the second year)