Stratford-on-Avon District Council is responsible for making the final decision on the allocation of funding raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Please see the CIL spending arrangements policy for further details.

CIL collected will be used to provide infrastructure to support growth within the district. Of this:

  • 5% of CIL receipts will be used within the Planning budget to provide a dedicated resource for the annual monitoring and management required by the CIL regulations
  • 95% of CIL receipts will be allocated by the council for investment in infrastructure for the district, in accordance with spending arrangements
  • either 15% or 25% of receipts accruing from development within parishes will be allocated to the relevant parish council.

Parishes that have a ‘made' Neighbourhood Plan will receive 25% of receipts accruing from development within their parish. Parishes without a ‘made' plan, including those where a plan is in preparation, will receive 15%, capped at £100 per dwelling in accordance with the CIL regulations. It will be for individual parish councils to determine how their portion of CIL receipts is spent, although the district council urges them to prioritise those projects listed on the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP).

The district council must spend its CIL funds on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure needed to support the development of the area. It is intended to focus on the provision of new infrastructure and should not be used to remedy pre-existing deficiencies unless they will be made more severe by new development.

Process Timetable

CIL funds will normally be allocated based on funds available as at the end of the financial year (31 March). The following process timetable will be followed with reports to meetings of The Cabinet:

  • Update IDP (spring) – the council will update the IDP following a four-week consultation with stakeholders. The council will invite submissions for new infrastructure projects to be included in the IDP and set out / update any associated cost information
  • Invite funding bids (summer) – the council will publish its revised IDP following the consultation with stakeholders. The council will also confirm the level of CIL funds available and then invite organisations to submit bids for CIL funding (using the bid form) for a period of four weeks
  • Allocate funding (autumn) – the council will assess the bids received based on the biding criteria and confirm how it will spend the CIL receipts.

The Regulation 123 List (appendixed to the charging schedule) identifies what types of infrastructure the council will fund or part fund through CIL rather than through S106 obligations.

Bidding

It is expected that Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwickshire County Council will be the main bidders for CIL funds, given that CIL will be used to help fund strategic infrastructure. Bids can also be made by Stratford-on-Avon District ward councillors on behalf of the communities and local voluntary groups in their areas. Ward councillors will be able to make one funding bid for SDC funds on behalf of their community per funding round. For more local projects, for example those that will solely benefit residents within a single parish, it is expected that bids will be made to the relevant town or parish council for funding via the neighbourhood portion of CIL.

Bids must be made using the CIL bid form. Bids for the funding of schemes and projects should be supported by robust evidence of the cost and practicality of delivering the scheme or project, including an exploration of alternative or matched sources of funding. When recommendations for spending are made, the decision could also be taken not to allocate any / all funds, instead deciding to save funds with a view to future expenditure on larger infrastructure projects. When assessing schemes, consideration will be given to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the delivery of key development sites in the district.
  • Inclusion in the Regulation 123 List.
  • Inclusion in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
  • If it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that the infrastructure would not otherwise be delivered, i.e. that all other possible funding sources are insufficient.
  • If funding would lever in other funds that would not otherwise be available, e.g. needed to match or draw grant funding.
  • If funding would offer wider as well as local benefits.
  • If funding would address a specific impact of new development beyond that which has been secured through S106 obligations or S278 agreements.

Monitoring

It is intended to monitor and report CIL income quarterly. The progress of spends will be monitored and reported to The Cabinet.

Last updated on 27/11/2018

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