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Should households be charged for public transport improvements?

Tuesday March 12 2019

A CHARGE could be applied to every new house in Barnsley to help pay for public transport improvements in future, in a move which could generate more than £20m over the next 15 years.

Charges to cover the cost of providing extra school places may also increase, with a new system to replace the current charging system which is now said to be outdated.

Barnsley Council has recently approved its local plan, which clears the way for around 21,000 new homes to be built in the borough by 2033 and is now working on a fresh set of planning guidelines to govern the charges developers will be expected to make to cover the impact of their developments.

Consultations will take place before a decision is made in the summer on whether the council adopts them, but draft proposals would see new charges on new homes to pay for improvements to public transport, with a fee of as much as £1,500 for every bedroom in some areas.
Should households foot the bill for public transport improvements?

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