Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have approved a joint expenditure scheme to allow for the expenditure on infrastructure as a result of development.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Expenditure Scheme was approved at Babergh’s Council Meeting on Tuesday 24 May and at Mid Suffolk’s on Thursday 26 May. The scheme allows CIL funds, a levy based on floorspace of new developments and collected when construction commences, to be spent on infrastructure, including public transport, open spaces and health facilities.
The scheme works on a twice-yearly bidding round (starting in May and October 2018), when infrastructure providers, including Town and Parish Councils and Community Groups, can bid to receive funds from CIL. Bid schemes which meet the CIL criteria, particularly involving collaborative spend with funds from other sources, will receive resources to allow projects to go ahead. Infrastructure Providers, such as Suffolk County Council and the Health Authorities, Parish Councils and Community Groups can submit Bids. Details of how to apply are available on our website.
In addition to funds spent through this scheme, money collected via CIL is also passed to local communities: 15% of CIL revenue from a development in a parish or town goes to the town or parish council, rising to 25% if that community has an adopted Neighbourhood Plan. These funds are paid every six months, with a total of £117,741.22 paid to parishes from CIL funds collected between 1 October 2017 and 31 March this year, with £32,643.56 being paid to Babergh parishes and £85,097.66 to parishes in Mid Suffolk.
Cllr John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council, said: “It’s no secret that we face a housing shortage, both across the whole country and in Babergh. But even as we meet that challenge, we have to ensure that our infrastructure keeps pace: that’s why this scheme is such good news for our communities. The infrastructure it will provide will be essential to support growth in our market towns and villages.
“We’ll be looking for bids that have Community support and schemes which are well put together. The first bid round opens on Tuesday and I’d urge all infrastructure providers to get involved.”
Cllr Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “In addition to the CIL funds already paid directly to our towns and parishes, this scheme allows funds to be saved for Strategic Infrastructure across the district. Schemes that may be able to attract other sources of funding will help deliver the local infrastructure we need, and we will welcome all bids from parishes and community groups. We’ll be involving every level of local government in this process, from parish to county councillors and publishing all bids online. We’ve collected this money to support our district and I look forward to seeing it spent on the infrastructure we need.”