Guide Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

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5. CIL funding procedure

We have been charging Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on certain types of new development permitted since 1 September 2016.  Developers start paying this levy at various stages after construction has begun, so we are now receiving CIL payments from new development.

We pass 15% of the CIL income generated by development in their area to town and parish councils, rising to 25% if they have a 'made' neighbourhood plan.  The remainder of CIL income must be spent by East Devon District Council on infrastructure to support the development of East Devon.  Previously, infrastructure that can be funded by CIL was set out on the 'Regulation 123' list, but amended regulations in September 2019 replace this list with an annual infrastructure funding statement, the first of which will be published by the end of December 2020.

In 2017, we invited bids for spending CIL, as explained in the protocol and application for funding form.  The applications were considered at Strategic Planning Committee on Monday 27 November 2017, who made the decision not to fund any projects in the first year - see the minutes of this meeting.

In 2019, Councillors reconsidered the spending of CIL, and resolved that money should be put towards two projects: the expansion of Exmouth Community College; and towards a Devon County Council funding bid to Government for the extension of Dinan Way (subject to a significant contribution from Exmouth Town Council).  Further detail can be seen in item 23 of Strategic Planning Committee, Tuesday 22 October 2019.