Paul is a Journalist at BBC Wales.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charlie Withers
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 22:58:52

    Just read your article on BBC News about councils being owed section 106 payments from developers. A far more interesting story would be to examine exactly how much of the many hundreds of millions of pounds collected by councils in 106 payments was actually spent by the Councils on the stated reason for the 106 payment. Its a huge scandal – 106 payments are a tax on development treated as a cash cow by Councils in the boom times, when Councils were regularly blackmailing developers by requiring totally inappropriate 106 payments in return for planning consents.


    • pauljheaney
      Mar 14, 2012 @ 15:16:47

      Hi Charlie,

      Apologies for the late reply – I respond quicker on twitter than on here nowadays!

      Lots of people I spoke to about the story were concerned about the way in which section 106 money was handled. The system we’re expecting to come in shortly in Wales is designed to make the process more transparent.

      Although your suggestion of looking at how section 106 money is spent within councils is an interesting one, I decided to leave it to the local news outlets to further investigate this, should they want to. It was a very labour intensive job just to get the figures we obtained.

      Thanks for your interest.


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