Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding


Please note that the 2019-2020 application period for both Strategic and Local CIL funding is closed. 

The next application period for CIL funding, for 2020-2021, is anticipated to open in February 2020, with the boards being held in June and early July 2020.


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.

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.

The regulations that govern how CIL is spent require that it be used to fund the provision 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

CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17

CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2017-18

Strategic spending process

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

The application period for the 2019-2020 round of allocations ran from 3 May 2019 until midnight on 16 June 2019 and is now closed. After the closing date, applicants who have applied will have a further four weeks to provide any outstanding details needed for a valid application. Applicants will be invited to attend the Strategic Spending Board which will be held in early September 2019.  

Local spending process

CIL allows the Council to raise funds from some forms of new development to help fund the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development. The bulk of the money raised goes towards strategic borough wide schemes such as highway schemes, permanent school expansions or flood works. However, as part of the process, the Council also allocates a portion of these funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place.

The Council has formed settlement area committees known as Local Infrastructure Spending Boards where local Councillors will decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated. In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds will be passed directly to the Parish Council.

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  

Successful local CIL applications for funding to date have included projects such as capital improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of an increasing school population, improvements to community facilities, footpath works and countryside access improvements. 

The application period for the 2019-2020 round of allocations ran from 3 May 2019 until midnight on 16 June 2019 and is now closed. After the closing date, applicants who have applied will have a further four weeks to provide any outstanding details needed for a valid application. Applicants will be invited to attend the relevant Local Spending Board. These boards will be held throughout September and early October 2019.

For further information about the CIL Strategic or Local funding process please call us on 01372 474342 or email cil@elmbridge.gov.uk.

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