The £250,000 funding pot is part of the New Homes (Parish Allocations) Scheme for 2017 - 2018. The amount of money available per parish depends on the number of new homes that have been occupied during the period 6 January 2014 to 28 December 2016. Thirty of the district's 66 parishes have seen more than five new properties created in that period.

Applications can only be made by parish, town or city councils, but residents are encouraged to submit ideas for projects and improvements to their local parish for consideration.

Parishes councils are invited to apply for a share of the money before Monday 31 July.

Money will be awarded to projects that can demonstrate the impacts of development, aim to enhance the local area and benefit the whole community.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: "As a council our aim has been to protect this money for the benefit of those communities that have taken new development. This funding is an opportunity to invest in important facilities and activities that will support our local communities for years to come.

"The government recognises that more housing can result in extra pressures so it has passed this funding to local councils to help communities address their concerns."

Date of release: 30 March 2017

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