Funding for Sport & Play

also known as: Housing Developer Fund, s106 Funding for Sport and Play.

Funding for Outoor Sport and Play using section 106 housing developer contributions

General information

Section 106 Agreements are sometimes entered into with housing developers to fund sport and play (as well as other infrastructure items ie road, roundabouts) in certain areas of Northumberland. The methods for collecting such monies are based on existing supplementary planning documentation from the former districts and this documentation remains in place until the new Local Development Framework is introduced. This means that the amounts collected and the items/projects on which the monies can be spent can vary throughout Northumberland.

Currently limited funding may be available in certain areas as follows :

Northumberland County Council is keen to see the development and improvement of children's play and outdoor sports facilities.

Using the Tynedale Open Space, Sport and Recreation Strategy and the Play Strategy the Council will provide advice, assistance and support to Parish/Town Councils and other local groups and organisations seeking to carry out improvements. As part of this, the Council, may in appropriate circumstances, be able to assist in funding projects via contributions made by housing developers in the former Tynedale district areas.

What can be funded?

This is capital money and only applications for children's play areas or outdoor sports facilities will be considered under this scheme. Indoor facilities are not eligible. Applications may be for new facilities or improvements to existing facilities for example:

  • new children's play areas
  • new sports pitches / areas
  • new equipment in an existing play area
  • upgrading of facilities for outdoor sports such as changing rooms

Projects must be within the former Tynedale area and be open to the general public. Where a local sports club or school is looking to develop or improve facilities, it needs to include appropriate arrangements for wider community use.

Who can apply?

Projects must be located in the former Tynedale area and applications can be made by non-profit making / constituted organisations such as:

  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Community groups
  • Resident's Associations
  • Sports Clubs (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangement for community use)
  • Schools (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangements for community use)
  • Council Departments

How much funding is available?

Funding comes via contributions from housing developers in the former Tynedale area. The level of funding from this source depends upon the amount available at the time and likely requests for funding from other projects in the particular areas.

How can I apply for funding?

Applications for funding should be made by completing the Housing Developer Fund application form which can by downloaded using the link below. Please note the links at the end of this page (popular document section) also contain useful information to help with the completion of the application form. Alternatively, 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers for an application pack or email: vknowles@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Applications will be considered by a cross officer panel which will meet according to the timetable below and which will make recommendations for approval (applications over £100k will be subject to a longer approval process).

Housing Developer Fund (former Tynedale Area) Application Rounds 2015/16

Round Deadline for receipt of applications Panel meeting date Result of application by:
1 Friday 20 February 2015 Tuesday 11 March 2015 Friday 20 March 2015
2 Friday 22 May 2015 Tuesday 9 June 2015 Friday 26 June 2015
3 Friday 21 August 2015 Tuesday 8 September 2015 Friday 25 September 2015
4 Friday 20 November 2015 Tuesday 8 September 2015 Wednesday 23 December 2015
5  Friday 19 February 2016  Tuesday 8 March 2016  Friday 25 March 2016

How can I get further information?

General advice, advice on how to apply and application procedures call: 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers or email: vknowles@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Useful documents to download

General advice, advice on how to apply and application procedures call: 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers or email vknowles@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Click here for information on projects which have received funding from Housing Developers from August 2009 onwards:

Northumberland County Council is keen to see the development and improvement of children's play and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

Using the Blyth Valley Development Plan and the Wansbeck Sport and Play Supplementary Planning Document the Council will provide advice, assistance and support to Parish / Town Councils and other local groups and organisations seeking to carry out improvements. As part of this, the Council, may in appropriate circumstances, be able to assist in funding projects via contributions made by housing developers in the former Blyth Valley and Wansbeck areas.

What can be funded?

Only applications for children's play areas or outdoor/outdoor sports facilities will be considered under this scheme. Applications may be for new capital facilities/equipment or improvements to existing ones for example:

  • new/improved children's play areas
  • new/improved outdoor sport/recreation spaces ie. bowling greens, football/rugby pitches, parks
  • new/improved indoor sports facilities and equipment

Projects must be located in South East Northumberland and must be open to the general public. Where a local sports club or school is looking to develop or improve facilities and/or capital equipment it would need to be able to demonstrate how it would include arrangements for wider community use. In addition the applicant should have ideally already have been in touch with the appropriate Governing Body and/or the Sports Development team at Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Trust.

Who can apply?

Projects must be located in the South East Northumberland area and applications can only be made by non-profit making / constituted organisations such as:

  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Community groups
  • Resident's Associations
  • Sports Clubs (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangement for community use)
  • Schools (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangements for community use)
  • Council Departments

How much funding is available?

Funding comes via contributions from housing developers in the South East Northumberland area. The level of funding from this source depends upon the amount available at the time of application and likely requests for funding from other projects in the same particular areas.

How can I apply for funding?

Applications for funding should be made by completing the Housing Developer Fund application form which can by downloaded using the link below. Please note the links at the end of this page (popular document section) also contain useful information to help with the completion of the application form. Alternatively, call 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers for an application pack.

Applications will be considered by a cross officer panel which will meet according to the timetable below and which will make recommendations for approval (applications over £100k will be subject to a longer approval process).

Housing Developer Fund (South East Northumberland) Application Rounds 2014 - 2016

Round Deadline for receipt of applications Panel Meeting Date Result of application by:
1 Friday 21 November 2014 Tuesday 9 December 2014  Friday 19 December 2014
2 Friday 20 February 2015 Tuesday 11 March 2015 Friday 20 March 2015
3 Friday 22 May 2015 Tuesday 9 June 2015 Friday 26 June 2015
4 Friday 21 August 2015 Tuesday 8 September 2015 Friday 25 September 2015
5 Friday 20 November 2015 Tuesday 8 September 2015 Wednesday 23 December 2015
6  Friday 19 February 2016  Tuesday 8 March 2016  Friday 25 March 2016

How can I get further information?

General advice, advice on how to apply and application procedures call: 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers or email: vknowles@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Useful documents to download:

To view successful applications from June 2012 onwards click here

How can I get further information?

General advice, advice on how to apply and application procedures call: 0845 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers.