Community Infrastructure Levy Funding and Spending Process
Community Infrastructure Levy Funding
The Council will use CIL that it collects to fund the necessary infrastructure to support development across the District. The Regulation 123 Lists sets out what projects we plan to spend CIL on.
The regulations that govern how CIL is spent require that it be used to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure to support the development of the charging authority's area. The definition of infrastructure is broad and includes:
- roads and other transport infrastructure
- flood defences
- schools and other educational facilities
- medical facilities
- sporting and recreational facilities
- open spaces
The Regulation 123 List sets out the types of strategic infrastructure within the district that could be funded through CIL. The main purpose of the list is to provide transparency around what we intend to fund through CIL and those known areas where Section 106 Developer Contributions will continue to be sought. The intention is to ensure that there is no duplication in the use of both CIL and S106 for the same project. Importantly, the list should not be viewed as a spending plan for CIL. No list of this type can be exhaustive and the inclusion of a project or type of infrastructure on the list does not signify a commitment from the Council to fund the listed project or type.
Strategic Spending process
We are permitted to retain an initial 5% of the total CIL for the day to day costs of its administration. The Council is required to pass 15% of CIL receipt to relevant Parish Councils arising from developments in their areas. This rises to 25% in areas with an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan (see the Guidance for Parish and Villages Councils for more details). The remaining CIL collected is allocated towards strategic infrastructure.
The annual CIL receipt (minus the Parish Council’s neighbourhood portion and administration fee) is pooled into a centralised pot for the purpose of delivering strategic infrastructure/improvements on a district-wide basis. Infrastructure providers are invited to bid formally for the release of funds from this centralised pot via a formal application process, utilising the TDC Bidding Form
The adopted two tier structure that will seek endorsement from the Planning Policy Committee to agree the money:
a) TDC Officers to liaise with the infrastructure providers and identify infrastructure projects; this will also be achieved via an open bidding system available to service providers from April to the end of June every year.
b) The Local Plan Working Group to consider which projects will be supported by CIL funds.
The Local Plan Working Group’s recommendations would then be reported to the Planning Policy Committee in September of every year for approval. This will allow public scrutiny of spending proposals.
NOTE: the CIL Bidding procedure will shortly be reviewed; further information will be published in due course.
In the Planning Policy Committee on 15 September 2016, the Committee agreed that CIL funding would be used towards the following infrastructure schemes:
- Smallfield Flood Alleviation Scheme
- Whyteleafe Surgery extension scheme
For further details on the submitted bids and the minutes from the September committee, please click here.
Local spending process
The CIL Regulations require the Council to pass over to Parish Councils a percentage of the CIL as a ‘meaningful proportion’ (also known as a ‘neighbourhood fund’). Detailed information on the process of receiving and the use of CIL funds is contained in the Guidance for Parish and Village Councils on receiving and the use of CIL funds.
To facilitate the reporting of CIL funds received and used, Parish Councils are asked to utilise the standard Spending Form (Appendix 2 of the Guidance for Parish and Village Councils). The form must be submitted to the District Council no later than the end of May annually.
Parish Council’s Responsibility
Parish Councils are required to report on the CIL funds they receive. The reports are to be submitted to Tandridge District Council by the end of May each year and to include:
- Total Expenditure
- Summary of what the CIL was spent on
- Total amount of receipts retained at the end of the reported year and previous years
2015/2016 PC Report
The following reports were received from two Parish Councils which had received CIL Neighbourhood Funds in the 2015/2016 financial year. These will also be published in the Parish Council’s website.
Additionally, the Council received reports from Felbridge and Nutfield PC although they did not receive any CIL Neighbourhood Fund in the 2015/2016 financial year.