Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

What is CIL?

When developers build something (housing, retail etc.) they have to pay a charge, known as CIL, to the Council.

The Council keeps 85% of this for citywide projects (like the Arena) and, until 2017, 15% was devolved to the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships to decide where this money should be spent locally – from CIL payments received by the Wards for developments within a Partnership’s specific geographical area.
With the demise of the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships, the Elected Mayor and his Cabinet decided to redefine “local” by creating six new “Super Neighbourhood Partnerships”, known as Areas. Each of these has their own Area Committee, consisting of the elected Councillors from the Wards within the new Areas.

Westbury & Henleaze Ward and Stoke Bishop Ward are in Area 1 on this map

The post-NP Community Forums, established in Stoke Bishop, Westbury and Henleaze, now have the opportunity to influence how CIL funds are spent in the Westbury & Henleaze and Stoke Bishop Wards, with the five Ward Councillors making the final decisions, as Members of one of the six new Area Committees.
CIL contributions from all developments in the Westbury & Henleaze and Stoke Bishop Wards, along with those from Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston, Clifton, Clifton Down and Hotwells & Harbourside will be lumped into one pot and allocation of the funds will be decided by an Area Committee of 13 councillors.

The Area Committee will meet twice a year to make spending decisions. . CIL contributions can only be spent on infrastructure projects – usually capital works – this might be parks improvements, minor traffic schemes, or community buildings. CIL money cannot be spent on running costs, or staffing, for an ongoing service or activity.

There is no upper or lower budget limit but the Council are looking for a few large scale projects per area. However, smaller projects will be considered where they meet a local need.

What is the decision making process? The Westbury & Henleaze Councillors will need to identify two or three priority projects that their communities support, with a similar number being identified in Stoke Bishop.
These will then have to be turned into project proposals. Proposals will need to be sufficiently detailed and costed, so that they can be delivered either by a constituted local organisation or by Bristol City Council (e.g. parks or highways).

It is perhaps worth noting that this year, compared to 2018, Highways will not be submitting their “Approved List” of what schemes they are prepared to consider, instead Communities can lead a “bottom up” approach by proposing the problems that they would like to see solved – using the Outline Proposal Form.

There is no guarantee that projects from our Wards will be selected – all Councillors will need to make a strong case for their Ward’s projects to be chosen. Hence the more support from local people, the better.

The projects selected to go forward by the Area Committee will have to be supported by fully-costed proposals. Then the Area Committee will meet in September at a formal public meeting to agree which proposals can be funded this year.
Any external organisations will then be given a Funding Agreement that sets out the conditions of the funding.

The Area Committee will meet twice each year and any new developments will add money to the Area CIL pot, so unsuccessful projects could be resubmitted in following years.

More information about the CIL allocation process for local projects can be seen on the Council’s website:

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