The Council had been collecting Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding since the Charging Schedule had come into effect on 1 December 2014. The CIL Regulations required the Council, as the collecting authority, to pay money over to the parishes, decide how to use the Fund, and to publish details of its CIL income and expenditure.
The Council had received a total of £1,251,433.76 for the reporting period 1October 2018 to 31 March 2019. The Executive was advised that monies due to parishes on 1 April 2019 had been as follows:
· Chobham - £7,017.91
· West End - £85,493.31
· Windlesham - £35,184.06
It was noted that the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan had been made by the Council on 12 June 2019 and therefore 25% of any CIL receipts generated from development within the neighbourhood area would in future be passed to Windlesham Parish Council
In March 2015, the Executive had agreed that a 15% proportion would also be made available to spend for non-parished areas according to local priorities. The amount collected within these areas had been as follows:
· Heatherside - £7,396.95
· St Michaels - £3,515.03
· Town – 13,916.86
It was proposed that Ward Councillors for the non-parished areas be asked to submit suggestions and bids for projects. Ward Councillors could also choose to save the money to roll forward to fund larger projects or combine across wards for jointly beneficial projects. Local projects would then be put forward for funding in combination with any project taken forward from any remaining Planning Infrastructure Contributions.
The Executive noted suggestions raised by some Members regarding the introduction of a process to allow ward councillors to apply for funding from developments in adjoining wards, as it was recognised that these developments could impact upon their wards. It was, however, advised that the CIL Regulations were expected to change in the near future and this could provide an opportunity for a full review the process, including the percentage allocations to wards.
(i) to note the CIL monies received;
(ii) to note that in the light of the anticipated changes in the CIL Regulations, the allocation of CIL monies other than on a ward basis be considered as part of a further review;
(iii) that Ward Councillors for the non-parished areas be asked to submit to the CIL Governance Panel ideas for spending CIL generated income within their wards;and
(iv) that the remaining CIL contributions held by the Council be retained for spending to support key priorities.