New Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations came into force on 1 September 2019. One of the measures that is being changed is the removal of the Regulation 123 Lists upon which CIL collection and expenditure has been based. Under the new regulations the council has published the first East Suffolk Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) which reports on all developer contribution (s106, CIL and RAMS) receipts and expenditure and provides a list of projects the council intends to fund through CIL, s106 and other funding sources.
The IFS is reviewed and published annually. The list of projects that the council intends to fund through developer contributions will change and be updated as statutory infrastructure providers, such as Education, Health and Highways, prioritise delivery of infrastructure projects. The Infrastructure List will also be updated and as projects progress and receive CIL Funding. Some of these projects will apply through CIL bids for District CIL Funding and will receive priority as either critical or essential infrastructure that is already identified as being required to support new housing and employment areas.
The Community Infrastructure Levy Spending Strategy was approved on 7 January 2020 and this means that applications for district CIL can be submitted between 1 April and 31 May. There are validation and prioritisation criteria that need to be met before projects can be recommended for funding. The bid round for 2020 was open between 30 September and 30 November 2020. The next bid round is expected to be back in line with the strategy and be open between 1 April 2021 and 31 May 2021. The East Suffolk Cabinet approved minor amendments to the CIL Spending Strategy on 1 December 2020 in order to realign the strategy because of a pause instigated due to the Coronavirus and to allow for “in principle” recommendations to be made to Cabinet by the CIL Spending Working Group.
In order to understand the scale of developments commencing in this period, the potential CIL receipts, and to focus spend on immediately deliverable essential infrastructure, the first period of the CIL Spending Strategy should not fund “Desirable” and “Beneficial” infrastructure.
This approach allows the Council time to understand the likely timescales for timely delivery of essential infrastructure and the impact on current district CIL funds, through close working with infrastructure providers.