Community Infrastructure Levy: Neighbourhood Portion

How the Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Portion can be spent.

What is the "Neighbourhood Portion?" 

The Council collects a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on certain developments including residential developments, student accommodation and retail. 

The majority of the levy is spent on major infrastructure projects across the town. 

Fifteen percent of what is collected has to be spent in the area where development is taking place, in agreement with the local community. This is referred to as the "Neighbourhood Portion". 

Where there is a Neighbourhood Plan in place, the proportion rises to 25% of total CIL receipts.

What can it be spent on? 

This Neighbourhood Portion can be spent on a wide range of infrastructure, as long as it meets the requirement to support the development of the area by: 

  • funding either the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of the infrastructure.
  • addressing the demands and anything else concerned with what the development places on an area. 

Examples of eligible projects: 

  • Environmental improvements e.g. landscaping, open space improvements 
  • Public art 
  • Street furniture 
  • Equipment for a community group 

CIL will not be able to fund: 

  • Projects that will only benefit individuals (5 or less) or a single household 
  • Projects that directly benefit, or can be perceived to benefit individual councillors 
  • Projects which relate solely to religious purposes 
  • Political activities 
  • Retrospective projects i.e. where the spend has already occurred 

Decisions on how to spend the Neighbourhood Portion must be made by engaging with local communities where development has taken place and then agreeing how best to spend the funding. 

As a Council, we promote this funding through our website, contact with existing community groups and through resident groups and Area Forums. 

How can I get involved? 

If you have an idea about how this funding should be spent, contact your local ward councillor. They gather ideas and submit the bids they support to the decision-making panel. 

The proposal should: 

  • address the impact of a new development in the area
  • clearly demonstrate how it meets neighbourhood priorities 
  • not result in ongoing costs to the Council 
  • have the support of the majority of ward members 

For further information on Community Infrastructure Levy, including information on the amounts available in each ward, please see our Planning page.