Changes to the distribution of CIL receipts to local communities
At its meeting on 26 June 2018, Mole Valley District Council's Cabinet will be asked to agree a change in arrangement for spending Community Infrastructure Levy receipts, which could be of particular benefit to areas that do not have Parish Councils.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a way that Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) can charge developers to help fund roads, schools, health and recreation (infrastructure) needs and support growth in the district. The charges will ensure that developers make a fair contribution to managing the wider infrastructure impacts of their proposals.
An arrangement as to how CIL receipts are made available to fund infrastructure was agreed by Council in 2016. Between 15-25%* of CIL income is made available for use in the local area where developers have been charged for carrying out that development. Developers normally pay CIL when the net gain in the dwelling/s area is greater than 100 square metres. This portion of the CIL is known as the 'neighbourhood element'.
The existing arrangement sees the neighbourhood element of the CIL made available to the Parish Council in the area where development takes place. Currently, MVDC retains the neighbourhood element for areas without Parish Councils and allocates funds in response to bids on an annual basis.
The Cabinet will be asked at June's meeting to agree a change to the current arrangement for distributing the neighbourhood element of the CIL for areas without a Parish Council. If approved, for bids of £10,000 or less, it would allow local community groups or infrastructure providers to apply for funds in a way that is similar to the well-received Small-Grants Community Fund allocation process. Amounts over £10,000 would still be considered by the Cabinet on an annual basis. The proposed new arrangements would ensure that projects £10,000 could be decided and implemented in a quicker and more timely manner.
Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Councillor David Harper, said: "The neighbourhood element of CIL is an opportunity for applicants to help communities meet local infrastructure needs. We encourage everyone interested in improving their community infrastructure to make an application and help us refine the allocation process to ensure it is inclusive and effective."
*70-80% - the strategic element - is retained by MVDC to contribute towards the delivery of infrastructure to support new development. Up to 5% can be used for administrative purposes.