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The Community Infrastructure Levy

What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tool to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of the area.

The levy is charged on new development that creates either 100sqm of new gross internal area floorspace or (a) new dwelling(s) of any size.

Development of this nature will usually require planning permission from the local planning authority, the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State on appeal, however the levy also applies to developments granted consent through local planning orders or Neighbourhood Development Orders. The levy may also be payable on permitted development.

The Parish Council receives any CIL from Horsham District Council on a backdated 6 month period. The monies are allowed to accrue and to be spent on community projects within the Parish of Southwater that would not normally be covered by the precept. Importantly, the levy can be used to increase the capacity of existing infrastructure or to repair failing existing infrastructure if that is necessary to support development.

Put simply, Horsham District Council (HDC) collects CIL from the builders of all new properties.  HDC and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) retain the bulk of these funds, but 15% (Capped at £100 per dwelling) is passed directly to the Parish/Town Council where the development takes place. If the Parish has a "made" Neighbourhood Plan, the amount rises to 25% (uncapped). In summary, Parish Councils are responsible for spending the CIL it receives (the neighbourhood portion) in line with the CIL regulations, to support the development of the Parish, or any part of that area by funding:-

      a) the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or 

      b) anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.

For more information on CIL please visit the Horsham District Website here.

 

UPDATE (20th October 2020): 

The Southwater Neighbourhood Plan (SNP) has passed examination and is currently awaiting referendum (as at 20th October 2020). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulation 2020 was introduced which prevents any referendum on neighbourhood plans being held until 5 May 2021. Only once the plan passes referendum and is ‘made’ does the increased percentage of CIL apply and the CIL cap removed. 

 

CIL Receipts and Payments

Receipts of CIL by Southwater Parish Council are listed in the accounts as CIL Receipts and are an earmarked reserve until they are spent. If they are not spent within 5 years of receipt they may be refundable to HDC. 

Below are the receipts and payments that have been received by Southwater Parish Council to date.

Community Infratructure Levy (CIL) Report - Updated 28 April 2020