A PLANNING consultant has been appointed to help Moreton Town Council negotiate funding from two proposed developments in the town.

Members voted in favour of appointing Anthony Aspbury Associates at Monday night's meeting to investigate opportunities for section 106 funding - money which developers can pay to Local Planning Authorities to offset the costs of the external effects of approved development.

Cala Homes has already submitted an application for 140 homes across two sites in Todenham Road and Dulverton Place.

And a further application for between 200 and 280 homes and up to 9,500msq of employment space on surplus land at the Fire Service College is soon to be submitted by site owners Capita.

Councillors agreed to pay £2,500 for the consultant to act on their behalf in negotiating monies from both applications.

Shipston Town Council agreed at its March meeting to investigate opportunities for section 106 funding from Banner Homes for Campden Road and Ainscough Strategic Land's (ASL) application for 143 homes and 72 extra care apartments on land north of Campden Road.

It follows the announcement from Cotswold District Council that it is funding a specialist for 18 months to help communities seek funding when a new development is proposed for their neighbourhood.