Funding for local projects 2020 to 2021

Funding for local projects 2020 to 2021

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.  

15% of CIL funds and relevant local S106 funds are made available for local decision making by councillors. This is particularly so for highways improvements, parks improvements and tree planting funds.

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.

Area Committees accepting CIL proposals in 2020/21

Area Committee 1 

Includes the wards:

  • Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston
  • Clifton
  • Clifton Down
  • Hotwells and Harbourside
  • Stoke Bishop
  • Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze

You should speak to a local councillor if you want to put together a proposal for Area Committee 1. This is because funds are very limited.

Area Committee 4 

Includes the wards:

  • Ashley
  • Central
  • Lawrence Hill
  • St George Central
  • St George Troopers Hill
  • St George West
  • Easton

Area Committee 6

Includes the wards:

  • Bishopsworth
  • Filwood
  • Hartcliffe and Withywood
  • Hengrove and Whitchurch
  • Stockwood

Area Committees not accepting CIL proposals in 2020/21

The following Area Committees will not be taking proposals for CIL or S106 in 2020/21 due to a lack of funds to allocate:

Area Committee 2

Includes wards: 

  • Bishopston and Ashley Down
  • Cotham
  • Horfield
  • Henbury and Brentry
  • Redland
  • Southmead

Area Committee 3

Includes wards:

  • Eastville
  • Frome Vale
  • Hillfields
  • Lockleaze 

Area Committee 5 

Includes wards: 

  • Bedminster
  • Brislington East
  • Brislington West
  • Knowle
  • Southville
  • Windmill Hill

The only proposals that are being accepted in these areas are for trees where there is S106 funding available to allocate for tree planting, SC3 and AC5. 

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. 

If you’re a councillor, or community organisation, in an Area where there is insufficient funding we would still encourage you to meet. This way you can discuss area priorities and think ahead to future years and alternative, or additional, sources of funding.

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, 190KB) (opens new window) .

Stage 1: January 2020 to July 2020

January to March 2020: Local residents and groups can suggest ideas to improve their neighbourhood by

  • emailing your local committee or 
  • attending a community meeting where local councillors are present

Project ideas should be set out briefly on an Outline Project Proposal form. The guidance and proposal form is below. 

All Outline Project Proposals need to be approved in principle by the local ward councillors.

You should send ideas to your councillor and by email to your area committee by mid-March 2020.

Ward councillors will:

  • make sure the outline proposal forms (stage 1) are completed
  • ask for more information if required 
  • then confirm their ‘in principle’ support for the idea and submit it

The deadline for outline proposal forms (stage 1) is the 6 April 2020. 

May to June 2020:

There will be an opportunity for local residents to play a role in prioritising which of the proposed projects should be taken forward in their ward through community events. 

July 2020:

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: August 2020 to October 2020

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
  • long the work will take
  • the project meets the CIL and/or S106 criteria
  • we will show it’s worked
  • 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: