Community infrastructure levy spending and technical reports

This page sets out:

  • how contributions secured from developments through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or through the previous section 106 agreements will be spent
  • details on the CIL examination and a copy of the planning obligations supplementary planning document (SPD), which replaced the developer contributions SPD

How the CIL we receive will be spent

Funds raised from our CIL will be used by us in conjunction with service and infrastructure providers to deliver infrastructure improvements across the district. These improvements may include transport schemes, schools, open spaces and leisure facilities.

Regulation 123 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 (as amended) restricts the use of planning obligations for infrastructure that will be funded by CIL. Infrastructure types or projects listed in this document will not be secured through planning obligations.

This document sets out the process for allocating and releasing funds raised through CIL and Section 106 agreements (revised July 2015).

In line with the CIL and planning obligations funding decision protocol, our Cabinet at their March meeting approved the broad allocation of CIL funding for the next three years. See: Cabinet papers Monday 3 March 2014.

This document sets out a range of projects to be undertaken in the 2015 to 2016 financial year using CIL and S106 funds.

Allocation of CIL and S106 funds for 2016 to 2017

Our Cabinet agreed the release of CIL and Section 106 funding for the 2016/17 financial year at their March 2016 meeting. The projects which will receive funding include the continued implementation of the 'alternative route' in High Wycombe Town Centre; funding for additional secondary school places; and funding for new and improved community centres in Totteridge Recreation Ground, High Wycombe and at Princes Risborough.

CIL monitoring report 2015 to 2016

This monitoring report covers the amount of CIL collected for the financial year 2015 to 2016, total and summary details of CIL expenditure for the year, the amount of CIL passed to parish and town councils, and the amount of CIL receipts we currently retain.

Parish council allocation of CIL funds

We are required to pass 15 per cent of CIL funds directly to the relevant parish and town council raised from developments in their areas. This rises to 25 per cent in areas which have an adopted neighbourhood development plan.

We have produced a guidance note on when parish and town councils will receive the funds and how they should be used.

In the unparished area of the district, the High Wycombe Town Committee will make an annual recommendation to Cabinet on the use of funds from developments in the unparished area.

Monitoring

Details of permitted Planning applications which have a CIL charge associated with them are recorded on our Obligation Tracker (external website; username is obs_tracker@wycombe.gov.uk, and the password is Wycombe102). Details of how to access reports are set out in the document titled "How to access reports on Idox Obligation Tracker".

We have also produced three maps, showing examples of recently funded, or proposed infrastructure schemes in Wycombe district, that have largely (but not exclusively) been funding by developer contributions.

Planning obligations SPD

The introduction of CIL means there are significant changes to how we may secure planning obligations using Section 106 (S106) legal agreements.

This document sets out our policies and procedures for securing planning obligations including for affordable housing. It explains the relationship between section 106 planning obligations and CIL. It also sets out the procedures for assessing and responding to viability where it is demonstrated to be an issue for development delivery.

Statement confirming the adoption of the planning obligations SPD and where the document may be viewed.

Summary of the responses made to the consultation on the draft planning obligations SPD and our responses to the points raised.

Presentation on governance and spending of CIL

A conference was held in July 2015, chaired by the Planning Advisory Service, on best practice in implementing and managing the Community Infrastructure Levy to deliver infrastructure improvements. The conference was attended by representatives of central and local government and the development industry.

One of the presentations was given by our Infrastructure Officer, Gerard Coll, about how Wycombe has implemented the CIL since its adoption in November 2012.

CIL examination

On 23 May 2012 we submitted our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) draft charging schedule and related evidence to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination.

The examination hearing was held on 25 July 2012, and we received the Examiner's report on 10 September 2012.

As a part of the examination process, we prepared an evidence base to support the CIL Charging Schedule. A list of documents which made up the evidence base is available to view on this page. Copies of the documents in the evidence base are available on request.

One of the key documents within the Evidence Base was the Economic Viability report by Dixon Searle LLP, which set out the evidence behind the rates at which we charge CIL.