Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Policy

Background Information

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on development that allows local authorities to secure funding for a wide range of infrastructure. Local authorities can choose whether to charge CIL within their district and the levy is usually collected by the Local Planning Authority also known as ‘Charging Authorities (CA)’. Dartford Borough Council, our CA, sets the rate of CIL after consulting with their communities anddevelopers and this is tested by Independent Examination.

Dartford Borough Council CIL allocation

Town and parish councils are entitled to a ‘Neighbourhood Proportion’ (NP), sometimes called the ‘Meaningful Proportion’ of the CIL monies received by the CA. Dartford Borough Council has set its Neighbourhood Proportion at 15% and 25% for parishes that have a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) in place. Stone Parish Council’s NDP was passed in May 2022.

Stone Parish Council CIL funding

Stone Parish Council receives CIL twice yearly. In accordance with the CIL regulations, CIL receipts must be spent within 5 years otherwise Dartford Borough Council may require us to repay some or all those funds. Full details of income and expenditure are published on our website.
The parish council can determine how its CIL receipts are spent; however, any expenditure must meet the following criteria as set out by CIL regulations:
• 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.

Stone Parish Council Policy for CIL Expenditure

Receipt of CIL funds enable investment into the community and provide the opportunity to deliver a range of long-lasting projects. The council’s Strategic Plan and Neighbourhood development Plan contains several key infrastructure schemes that have been subject to robust levels of community consultation and independent scrutiny, which provides assurance of community and statutory support for expenditure to implement these aspirations. Due to the scale of these projects, the ability for the council to commit CIL to support external funding requirements is limited, until such time that full funding has been secured to deliver key objectives.
The council will accept submission of proposals by external bodies for receipt of CIL funding towards community infrastructure, however it expects these projects to have fulfilled a similar level of consultation and evidence of community support to ensure a minimum standard has been achieved prior to consideration.
Applications for funding will be required to provide transparency regarding the current financial position of the organisation, evidence the need for the funding and of other viable options being investigated prior to application, evidence of public consultation, a transparent procurement approach for any associated works, and evidence of the ability to deliver within specified timeframes to ensure the council’s CIL liabilities can be met.
Depending on the circumstances, the council may also require additional assurances or potential covenants to protect the investment accordingly. Specifically, applications for CIL funding must:

DEMONSTRATE COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Such as:
• Projects which deliver aspirations identified in the Stone Parish Council NDP
• Projects that can be shown to benefit the wider community
• Projects which can evidence a need in the community and have been subject to public consultation that confirms support for objectives.

DEMONSTRATE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Such as:
• Projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the parish
• Projects that create meaningful impact towards solving environmental challenges
• Projects that minimise waste by reduction, re-use, and recycling methods
• Projects that enhance or protect the biodiversity of the parish.

All applications should include an Environmental Impact Assessment to confirm this has been duly considered as part of development of the scheme.

DEMONSTRATE TRANSPARENCY AND VALUE FOR MONEY
Such as:
• Projects which aim to use CIL funding to attract further grant funding
• Projects which minimise the CIL requirement through use of own funds, third party funding and community fundraising
• Projects which demonstrate effective financial management to obtain optimum value for money
• Projects which utilise robust tendering processes to ensure contracted services are cost effective and transparently procured

DELIVER LONG-TERM TANGIBLE COMMUNITY BENEFITS
Such as:
• Projects which safeguard and increase the viability of community assets for long- term community use
• Projects which have a lifespan more than 15 years
• Projects which demonstrate the benefit will be sustained with revenue expenditure
• Projects which reduce running costs or increase revenue generation.

MITIGATE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF DEVELOPMENT
Such as:
• Projects which deliver infrastructure identified as being required in the community
• Projects which connect developments to parish services and assets
• Projects which address issues generated by developments.

PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS
• External organisations within the parish may put forward costed and deliverable projects in accordance with the information required to constitute a complete application
• Applications will be reviewed by council officers to confirm all required information has been provided
• Complete applications will be submitted to the full council for consideration at the next applicable meeting
• The full council will resolve whether to include the application on its future CIL Projects list and its level of priority in respect of other infrastructure projects or previously agreed inclusions
• The applicant will be informed of the outcome of the council’s decision and any corresponding award of funding
N.B.
Inclusion on the CIL Projects list as an applicable scheme does not commit the council to fund the project. We know there will be many worthwhile projects where the amount of CIL monies available will not be sufficient to fund all projects, therefore inclusion on the list is no guarantee of a funding award.
The council will periodically review the CIL Projects list following receipt of CIL funds and may resolve to award funding on the basis of current priorities and available funds.