What is Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
CIL is the charge due on new development to be used to provide infrastructure that supports the development of the area. Teignbridge District Council started charging the Levy on 13 October 2014.
CIL charges have been set by location depending on development viability – largely driven by house prices and affordable housing targets. Charges are made per internal square metre of new floor area; once development commences the full amount of CIL becomes payable. Payments are phased over 24 months and are non-negotiable.
CIL payments are received by Teignbridge District Council who will then pay 15% of the CIL income to the local council (ie the Town or Parish Council), unless a local council has an up to date adopted Neighbourhood Plan, such as Bishopsteignton, then local council shall receive 25% of CIL income within its area.
What can Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) be spent on?
Local councils can spend their CIL on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.
Teignbridge and Devon County Councils have outlined strategic infrastructure requirements in the Teignbridge Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
The CIL that the District Council retains will contribute towards some of the projects it identifies.
Reporting Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spend
Local councils have a legal duty to prepare an annual report of CIL received and spent in any financial year, including reporting on the following matters;
- Total CIL receipts for the reported year;
- Total CIL expenditure for the reported year;
- Summary of CIL expenditure during the reported year including the items and amounts of CIL expenditure on each item.
CIL for Bishopsteignton
As Bishopsteignton has an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan it is entitled to 25% of the CIL income for the area. These are paid directly to the Parish Council to manage the spend in the parish on behalf of the community. A policy for the utilisation and management of these funds was adopted in January 2023, read it here. An annual statement of income and expenditure must be published. Reports linked below…