What is CIL and how to apply for funding

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The Community Infrastructure Levy (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.

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 strategic 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 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.

CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17
CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2017-18
CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2018-19
2019-2020 Annual Infrastructure Funding Statement - EBC 
2020-2021 Annual Infrastructure Funding Statement - EBC

Local spending process

As part of the CIL funding process, the council annually allocates the local portion of CIL funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes in the communities where development took place.

The council has formed settlement area committees, known as Local Spending Boards, where local Councillors decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated.  

The Local Spending Boards are: Cobham & Downside, Oxshott & Stoke D'Abernon; East & West Molesey; Esher and Hersham; Hinchley Wood & Weston Green, Long Ditton & Thames Ditton; Oatlands & Burwood Park, Weybridge Riverside & Weybridge St George's Hill; and Walton-On-Thames.

In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds is passed directly to the Parish Council to allocate as per the CIL regulations.

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.

Local funding round application timelines

The application period for the annual 2022-2023 CIL funding round for local projects is now closed.

For reference the amount of local CIL funds available for allocation by each of the Local Spending Boards at the end of Quarter 3 of 2021-2022 are listed below.

  • Cobham & Downside, Oxshott & Stoke D’Abernon Local Spending Board - £212,277.51
  • East & West Molesey Local Spending Board - £26,637.46
  • Esher Local Spending Board - £21,565.60
  • Hersham Local Spending Board - £707.17
  • Hinchley Wood & Weston Green, Long Ditton & Thames Ditton Local Spending Board - £111,982.91
  • Oatlands & Burwood Park, Weybridge Riverside & Weybridge St George’s Hill Local Spending Board - £260,158.37
  • Walton-on-Thames Local Spending Board - £536,947.02

The funding round is normally very competitive, and the figures are listed to give applicants an indicative guide as to how much funding is available to be awarded to projects in the current round at the time of the round opening. Another quarter (Quarter 4 of 2021-2022) of funds will also be included in the amounts the Local Spending Boards have to allocate when they meet in June and July.

Applications submitted by the deadline of midnight on Sunday 3 April will have a further four weeks to provide any outstanding details needed for a valid application. Failure to provide the requested details by the deadline will result in the application being invalid and not being considered.

The Local Spending Boards will meet in June and July to review applications for their areas and award funding.

The next annual funding round for 2023-2024 will open in February 2023, at which time the application form and details will be available on this page.

For further information about the CIL Local funding process, please contact the team via email cil@elmbridge.gov.uk.

Strategic spending process

Most of the money raised through CIL goes towards strategic borough-wide schemes such as highway schemes, permanent school expansions or flood works to support and enable growth. The strategic CIL funds for the council are now allocated through the Strategic Priority Programme (SPP) which forms part of the council's Annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (AIFS) to be published in December of each year. The link to the AIFS is in the section above.

The strategic CIL process is administered by the Strategic CIL Member Working Group (SCILWG), which makes recommendations to Cabinet. 

Discussions are held with strategic infrastructure providers to determine the infrastructure needed in the various sectors e.g. education, health, transport, environmental etc., in order to support the growth of the borough and to create a strategic priority programme list. The list creates a pipeline of projects for review to enable a proactive and strategic approach toward the funding and delivery of infrastructure.

For 2022-2023 and beyond, following the elections and formation of the administration, the SCILWG will meet in June to review the list and to set the funding priorities for the year. 

Infrastructure providers will be informed of the priorities so the relevant projects can be developed, and an application submitted. In the autumn, applications will be reviewed by the SCILWG for funding and their recommendation considered by the Cabinet. The successful projects will form the SPP.

The funding priorities will be set annually and the SPP will be reviewed by the SCILWG, so there is the opportunity for projects to be added for consideration in future rounds based on the priorities set for that year.

For further information about the CIL strategic funding process, please contact the team via email cil@elmbridge.gov.uk.

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