Social & Community Infrastructure
With significant housing growth planned for the county, we need to make sure the right kind of social and community amenities are in place. These include community halls and outdoor space; community development support for community groups; small scale funding to fund local projects; activities for children and young people; and opportunities for community leadership and volunteering.
Why is this important? If done well, new communities will feel positively about their community and the town or village of which they are a part. If community spirit and neighbourliness thrive, community organisations can ‘take root’ as the population grows. Areas with higher levels of community activity are more likely to experience higher levels of resident satisfaction and fewer problems such as antisocial behaviour or social isolation.
Without this support, a sense of community-belonging and neighbourliness is less likely to develop. Resident satisfaction levels may be lower, more people may become socially isolated and problems such as anti-social behaviour are less likely to be gripped at an early stage.
Most planning authorities build community amenities in the planning process. But there is a lot of debate about what is necessary, how much it should cost and where the funding should come from.