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. The 2018 meeting will be in September (see key dates below). CIL contributions can only be spent on infrastructure projects – usually capital works – this might be parks improvements or community buildings. CIL money cannot be spent on running costs, or staffing, for an ongoing service or activity.

Highways will also assess existing recorded issues (from residents or councillors) and will provide a shortlist of viable schemes for the Area Committee to choose from. These will be culled from the issues raised and logged in their Traffic Choices “Tracker” system ( However, this is unlikely to include any schemes that require a TRO (Traffic Regulation Order), such as Residents Parking Schemes and Parking Restrictions (yellow lines).

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.

New developments in Area 1 will continue to contribute money to the pot. For the Area Committee Meeting in 2018, the total pot available for the whole area is currently £227k, with £56k of this total being generated in the “old” NP3 area of Stoke Bishop and Westbury & Henleaze.

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).
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.

Key Dates for 2018:
1. Deadline for community consultations and producing Ward CIL/S106 priorities Stage 1 project proposals: Friday 4 May 2018
2. Informal Area Committee meetings – choose projects to take forward: ‪14 to 24 May 2018
3. Area Committee Chairs and BCC officers meet to review delivery across the city: ‪28‪ to 31 May 2018
4. Production of full Stage 2 Applications: ‪1 June to 6 July 2018
5. Publication of Area Committee reports: 3 September 2018
6. Formal Area Committee decision making: ‪10 Sept to 14 Sept 2018

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

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