What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area. It allows local authorities to collect money from developments to assist with the delivery of infrastructure that is required to support development in and around the district.
What is the Town/Parish Councils ‘Meaningful Proportion’?
Under the requirements of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended), 15% of the CIL collected as a result of development in a given town / parish area will be passed to the relevant Town/Parish Council – this is more commonly known as the ‘meaningful proportion’.
• Payments will be capped to £100 per council tax dwelling per year, for example, a Town/Parish with 500 dwellings cannot receive more than £50,000 of CIL receipts per year.
How can the CIL ‘Meaningful Proportion’ be spent by the Town/Parish Council?
The CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) require the ‘meaningful proportion’ to be used to support the development of the local area by funding:
(a) the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure.
(b) anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area..
This could include sporting and recreational facilities, transport improvements, signage, cycleways, footpaths, village halls, open spaces and lighting.
The CIL regulations provides Town / Parish Council’s an element of flexibility in how the CIL receipts can be spent, in comparison to the District Council.
The new CIL Regulations came into force on 1st September 2019. In accordance with the regulations Town / Parish Council’s must submit a report to Wealden District Council setting out the following for the financial year:
• total CIL receipts for the reported year;
• total expenditure for the reported year;
• a summary of what the CIL was spent on;
• details of any notices received from Wealden District Council in relation to unspent CIL or CIL spent outside the scope of the regulations; and
• the total amount of CIL receipts retained at the end of the reported year from that year and previous years.
The CIL report for Little Horsted Parish from the 1st of April till the 31st of March 2020 can be found in in our documents section here. https://littlehorsted.org/documents/little-horsted-parish-cil-report-01-04-2019-31-03-2020/