Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that is collected is used to fund infrastructure to support development across the Borough. We are using CIL in conjunction with infrastructure providers to deliver improvements Borough wide.

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

To find out more about the Strategic or Local spending process please call Planning Policy on 01372 474799 or  contact us by email

Strategic spending process

We are permitted to retain an initial 5% of the total CIL for the day to day costs of its administration. 80% of total CIL collected is allocated towards borough wide infrastructure, with the remaining 15% used for more local projects.

Within Elmbridge a Strategic Spending Board made up of local Councillors considers the spending proposals that infrastructure providers submit annually. This Board makes recommendations as to which strategic projects should be funded, with the final spending decision confirmed by Cabinet.

We are now inviting spending proposals from infrastructure providers until 19 January 2018, with a Spending Board meeting in February 2018. 

Strategic CIL allocations  

The Council's Regulation 123 List sets out the types of strategic infrastructure within the Borough 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.

An updated Regulation 123 List was consulted on during December 2015 and was agreed in January 2016. This update reflects changing infrastructure need and delivery plans of partners.

Regulation 123 List

Local spending process

Legislation requires that a minimum of 15% of CIL collected is to be spent directly in the communities where development takes place. Where there is a Parish Council this is passed directly to them. Claygate is the only parish within Elmbridge. For the rest of the Borough the Council has set up Local Spending Boards made up of ward Councillors, through which this money can be allocated.

Local Spending Boards have been set up for the following areas:

  • Walton on Thames

  • Weybridge

  • Esher and Hersham

  • East and West Molesey

  • Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood and Weston Green

  • Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D'Abernon and Downside

For schemes to be funded they need to meet the following criteria:

  • The provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure or

  • Anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area

Applications for local projects are now being invited until 19 January 2018, with Local Spending Boards to take place in February and March 2018. This is an annual process.

2018 Local CIL application form

Local CIL application form guidance note

Successful applications to date have included projects such as improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of a growing school population, improvements to community facilities and work to improve access to open space.

2016-17 Local spending board allocations

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