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.

Our Cabinet agrees the allocation of funds secured through developer contributions annually. The approved funding programmes for each financial year are set out below:

CIL allocations for 2018/2019

The Council are inviting infrastructure providers to put forward potential projects for the use of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding collected from new developments. 

 The framework for the process is set by the following:

  • The WDC CIL and Planning Obligations Funding Decision Protocol – Updated May 2018. This is available below and sets out the timetable, criteria for assessing projects etc.
  • Funding availability taking account of:
    • The September 2016 Cabinet decision approving a three year broad allocation of CIL from 2017/18 to 2019/20.
    • ‘In principle’ allocations previously made in the WDC Capital Programme

Outline timetable

In accordance with the Protocol, project submissions should be submitted to cil@wycombe.gov.uk by 15 September 2018 using the template which is available below. Projects will then be assessed against the funding that is available and the criteria outlined before being put forward as part of the Council’s Capital Programme process which is typically considered by Cabinet and Council in February/March (2019).

 Funding availability

WDC Cabinet made a decision on the broad allocations of CIL funding available to the District Council for three financial years at their September 2016 meeting. The broad allocation agreed from 2017/18 to 2019/20 is as follows.

Physical and Green   Infrastructure*

Social Infrastructure**

80%

20%

 *Includes town centre regeneration, transport, green infrastructure, community and economic development initiatives that require infrastructure such as broadband provision

** Education (15%), Health (5%)

The Council has £3.5m CIL available to allocate for the 2018/19 financial year. The Capital Programme approved by the Council at their February 2018 meeting includes an ‘in principle’ allocation for future public realm and transport improvements in High Wycombe town centre including future stages of the Town Centre Masterplan. This indicates that £1.75m of CIL from the physical and green infrastructure category will be allocated for the 2019/20 financial year.

 Taking account of the broad allocation and the ‘in principle’ decision regards High Wycombe town centre the available funding for 2019/20 is as follows:

Infrastructure category

Allocation (£‘000)

Physical and green infrastructure

1,250

Education (Secondary schools)

525

Health

175

Responsibility for putting forward projects

Organisations or individuals who may wish to nominate schemes that a different service provider would be required to implement should communicate directly with the relevant service provider asking that they consider whether this aligns with their priorities and strategies, and if so to include it as part of their programme. Those putting forward proposals should be cognisant of the limited funds available and that the use of CIL is primarily to address the impacts of development and to support the delivery of the Local Plan and other strategies, not to address existing deficiencies.

CIL monitoring reports

These monitoring reports set out the amount of CIL collected for each financial year, together with the 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 funds 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.

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.

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.