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Funding for local projects 2019 to 2020

Funding for local projects 2019 to 2020

How funding will be given to local areas from the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 agreements

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the Section 106 (S106) agreements

As part of the planning  process, a developer often has to give money to the council to pay for improvements in the area that they’re developing in. This is usually through a planning charge called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but is sometimes through a planning obligation called a Section 106 agreement.

80% of the money that’s raised is used to pay for city-wide projects improving things like roads and schools.  You can see the city’s priorities for use of this funding in the Regulation 123 list.

15% of CIL funds and 33% of some S106 funds are made available for local decision making by councillors.

Areas with a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) receive 25% of CIL funds raised within their area to support the priorities they've identified. Local councillors allocate the funds to support local priority projects, such as improving community centres or parks.

Amount of available funds

The amount of funds depends on the number of new developments that are taking place in each of the areas covered by the six area committees.

CIL money is paid to the council throughout the year so each area’s CIL fund increases every month.

Local CIL money can be spent anywhere in the area covered by that area committee. S106 money spend has to fulfil the terms of the legal agreement between the developer and the council.

Our monthly reports show how much planning money is available for each area committee to spend, what funds have been committed and what each S106 purpose is:    

Who decides how the money gets spent

Councillors make decisions about these local funds once a year in the city’s six area committees

The councillors work with the local communities in their wards to help them identify and prioritise neighbourhood improvements to fund with the CIL and S106 money that's available to them. 

How the area committees decide what to do with the funding 

The six area committees will decide on their priorities once a year. The decisions will be made in three stages.

Timeline to show decision making by area committees (pdf, 189KB) (opens new window) .

Stage 1: January 2019 to March 2019

January to March 2019: Local residents and groups can suggest ideas to improve their neighbourhood. 

March and April 2019: Most wards will hold a public event or meeting to look at the projects that have been suggested. Ward councillors will make sure the outline proposal forms are completed for each of their agreed priority projects and will then sign them off. The deadline is 23rd April 2019.

May 2019: Councillors in the area committee will meet to:

  • look at the priority projects
  • agree which ones they want to put forward into Stage 2
  • think about how to spread the projects across their Area Committee area
  • discuss how much CIL and S106 money they have to allocate
  • discuss how the projects will improve their communities

Anyone who proposes a project will be told about the area committee’s decisions, even if they haven't been successful.

Stage 2: May 2019 to October 2019

All projects progressed to Stage 2 will be developed into a full project proposal by the organisations responsible for delivering them.  

A full proposal will have information such as:

  • how much the project will cost
  • how long the work will take
  • how the project meets the CIL and/or S106 criteria
  • how we will show it’s worked
  • how it will benefit people from disadvantaged groups 

Area committee members will then decide if they should approve CIL and S106 funds to a project.

They’ll also decide if they want to put any conditions on how the project is delivered, such as getting the organisation to consult with the community on their improvements.

Stage 3

Funds will be given to projects after all the paperwork has been done. 

How you can get involved

If you want to get involved you can: