Housing Developers Contributions-Education

Below a message from Councilllor Barry Anderson:

I’m often asked by residents how the contribution that housing developers make to education provision when they build new houses is calculated. Set out below is an explanation from the Education team, which is hopefully clear.

Education Formula for Developer Contributions
We can collect developer contributions for education purposes from housing developments in certain circumstances. The formula is based on the national convention initially provided by the Department for Education and they specify some of the figures we should use.

The formula we use calculates an amount per house on a development for primary and for secondary provision. The formula is:

A x B X C X D = AMOUNT DUE PRIMARY/SECONDARY

Where:
A is the number of housing units on the site
B is the yield (or the number of children of primary or secondary age the development is likely to create (for primary this is 25 children per 100 units and for secondary this is 10 children per 100 units)
C is a location factor (this is set nationally and for Leeds this is 0.97 to reflect the relative build cost locally compared to national averages)
D is the contribution factor (for primary this is £12,257 and for secondary this is £18,469)

So for example, a development of 100 units would generate:

Primary 100 x 0.25 x 0.97 x 12,257 = £297,232.25
Secondary 100 x 0.10 x 0.97 x 18,469 = £179,149.30

You should note that:
The council collects contributions under planning policy and the formula and conditions are set out in the relevant policy (SPG11). We cannot collect contributions for sites of less than 50 units nor for flats of less than 3 bedrooms.

Education Contributions
The current position on education contributions is that we have collected and have available to spend £2,909,646, and there is £7,243,526 still to collect (usually once developments reach certain agreed trigger points). This is city wide.

I trust this keeps you up to date with matters that may be of interest to you.

Cllr. Barry Anderson, Adel & Wharfedale Ward
http://www.barryanderson.yourcllr.com Twitter @barryanderson19

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