Preparing your Estate Development Budget bid

Involve your neighbours

It's important to involve as many of your neighbours as possible when making a bid.

You should:

  • make sure residents affected by your ideas support them
  • agree with residents which ideas should be sent to us
  • decide which ideas are the most important if you're sending us more than one

Get support with your bid

Please contact the council’s Community Engagement Team if you need help or advice with your bid. For example, residents might know the type of improvement they would like to make, but do not know how to do this. Our team can support you with this.

We can send you a printed application form if you don’t have access to a computer.

Leaseholder contributions towards the cost of work

The cost of Estate Development Budget work could be passed on to leaseholders in their service charge if their building is part of the project bid. However:

  • leaseholders contribute only to costs incurred at their building
  • leaseholders will only incur costs if their lease allows for the charge
  • the law says that the costs must be reasonably incurred

This means that works to keep the building in repair such as flooring, painting or improvements like exterior lighting are normally passed on, but works to improve community facilities or the local environment are not. For more information contact the Leasehold Team on 01273 293074, as they can give general advice on leaseholder charges before a bid is placed.