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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

What is CIL spent on?

Infrastructure which can be funded through CIL includes roads and other transport facilities, flood defences, schools and other educational facilities, medical facilities, sporting and recreational facilities, open spaces and community facilities, although this list is not exhaustive.

We work with West Sussex County Council, town and parish councils and other key infrastructure delivery partners to decide spending priorities. Infrastructure considered ‘essential’ for the delivery of development set out in the Local Plan and associated Infrastructure Delivery Plan is prioritised.

Current spending priorities

We have a list of spending priorities, known as a Regulation 123 List. This sets out what infrastructure will be funded through CIL and what infrastructure will be funded through Section 106.

Our priorities, and the areas that will be excluded from CIL funding within each category, are listed below and can also be found in the CIL Charging Schedule.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding

  • Specific on or off-site improvements or infrastructure required to make a development acceptable in planning terms.
  • All transport infrastructure required due to the strategic development at Zone 2 including: on-site infrastructure; pedestrian and cycle linkages and crossings; off-site improvements and alterations to the highway network (including to the Strategic Road Network); and public transport.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding

  • On or off-site education infrastructure required specifically to meet the needs of the strategic development at Zone 2, including: Early years provision; SEN provision; two primary schools; one secondary school; and Post 16 provision.

Sport, recreation and open spaces includes green links and Public Rights of Way.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding:

  • Specific on or off-site improvements or infrastructure required to make a development acceptable in planning terms.
  • All sport, recreation and open-space infrastructure and facilities required due to the strategic development at Zone 2 including: on-site formal and informal open space, sport and leisure facilities; all facilities required within the ‘Landscape Buffer’; and off-site facilities necessary to mitigate the impact of the development on neighbouring communities.

Community facilities include libraries, healthcare facilities, community buildings.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding:

  • All community facilities provision required to meet the needs of the strategic development at the Zone 2, including; community buildings; healthcare facilities; and library provision.

Public services infrastructure includes strategic recycling and waste facilities and emergency services infrastructure.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding:

  • Specific on or off-site improvements or infrastructure required to make a development acceptable in planning terms, including: CCTV; fire hydrants; and small-scale communal recycling facilities.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding:

  • Specific on or off-site Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) or flood management infrastructure that is required to make a specific development acceptable in planning terms.

Nature conservation includes new reserves and improvements to existing reserves.

Exclusions to be funded by Planning Obligations, Section 278 Agreements or other funding:

  • Specific on or off-site improvements and mitigation measures required to make a development acceptable in planning terms, including.
  • All mitigation or avoidance measures (including financial contributions) required specifically to address the impact of a development on protected ‘European sites’ in accordance with the Habitat Regulations Assessment.

We report how much CIL has been received and what it has been spent on in our Authority Monitoring Report. These reports must be prepared annually by 31 December for the previous financial year . Town and parish councils will also have to produce annual reports of their use of their share of CIL receipts (see below). Any funds which are spent erroneously will have to be returned to Horsham District Council.

Do Parish Councils receive CIL?

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the CIL Regulations, 15% of CIL receipts will be passed directly to the Parish Councils where development has taken place. This is known as the neighbourhood portion.

Parishes that have drawn up a neighbourhood plan and secured the consent of local people will benefit from 25% of the revenues.

Does Section 106 funding still exist?

Yes. Section 106 agreements can still be used for:

  • The provision of affordable housing
  • Mitigation measures that are a result of the development and are on-site or directly adjacent to the site

This is set out in our adopted Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).