Agenda and minutes

Community Infrastructure Levy Steering Group - Friday 24th July 2020 11.00 am

Venue: Remote Meeting


No. Item


Election of Chairman


RESOLVED: Councillor J. Vine-Hall was appointed as Chairman of the Community Infrastructure Levy Steering Group.


Apologies for Absence


An apology for absence was received from Councillor S.M. Prochak.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any disclosure by Members of personal and disclosable pecuniary interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Member regards the personal interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.  Members are reminded of the need to repeat their declaration immediately prior to the commencement of the item in question.


There were no disclosures of interest.


Amended Terms of Reference - Report to Cabinet (Verbal Update) pdf icon PDF 114 KB


Council approved the setting up of the Community Infrastructure Levy Steering Group (CILSG) to consider the allocation and spending of the strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money and report back to Cabinet.  Originally the membership was set as the Leader, Deputy Leader, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Bexhill Affairs.   However, following Councillor Dixon’s appointment as Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and Performance Management, with responsibility for Community Grants/CIL Awards, it was being recommended to Cabinet on 27 July that he was appointed to the CILSG as an interested Cabinet Portfolio Holder.


RESOLVED: That it be noted, that subject to Cabinet’s approval on 27 July, Councillor Dixon would be added to the membership of the Community Infrastructure Levy Steering Group.


Presentation - Introduction and Background to Community Infrastructure Levy by NIchola Watters


The Planning Policy Manager gave a presentation to the Community Infrastructure Levy Steering Group (CILSG) on the background and introduction to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  The CIL was a charge that could be levied by local authorities on new development in their area and was an important tool to help deliver the infrastructure needed to support development.  (It was noted that a copy of the presentation would be made available to all Members and Agenda Item 6 listed a number of links to useful documents in relation to CIL). 


The presentation was delivered in 4 sections, with questions and answers after each section as follows:


What is CIL and what can it be used for? (Strategic & Local)


Rother District Council issued a Liability Notice with the grant of planning permission.  An Assumption of Liability Notice must be sent to Rother District Council (RDC) by the person(s) responsible for paying CIL before the site commenced.  Depending on the amount of CIL due this would either be paid in full within a set period or in phased payments, in accordance with the Council’s Instalment Policy.  It was calculated on the floor space of each development. 


CIL monies collected by the charging authority (RDC) was divided into three ‘pots’.


‘Pot’ one contained CIL monies retained by the charging authority for the administration of CIL equating to 5% of the monies collected.


‘Pot’ two contained CIL monies for ‘strategic’ CIL. This equated to 70/80% which was retained by the charging authority (RDC) to fund the delivery of a wide range of infrastructure – transport, flood defences, schools, hospitals and other health care facilities. This allowed the levy to be used to fund the delivery of a very broad range of facilities such as play areas, open spaces, parks and green spaces, cultural and sports facilities, healthcare facilities, academies and free schools, district heating schemes and police stations and other community safety facilities. Charging authorities (RDC) may not use the levy to fund affordable housing. Local authorities must spend the levy on infrastructure needed to support the development of their area, and they would decide what infrastructure was needed.


‘Pot’ three contained CIL monies for ‘local’ CIL. This equated to 15/25% which is passed to the Parish or Town Councils. The payments were paid twice a year. Where there was no ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan this equated to 15% of the CIL monies collected within that parish, where there was a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan, this rose to 25%. There was a much wider definition of ‘local’ CIL (that which was passed to parishes) which was:


to support the development of the parish council’s area by funding the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on the area”.


It should be noted that ‘local’ CIL passed to Parish and Town Councils (either 15% or 25% depending on whether there was a Neighbourhood Plan in place) could be spent on supporting the  ...  view the full minutes text for item CIL20/5


Date of the Next Meeting - Monday 7 September 2020, 2.00pm


The date of the next meeting was arranged for Monday 7 September 2020 at 2:00pm.